(Captain Kevin Hagen/DND)

A police-escorted motorcade procession is taking place in Victoria on Saturday to honour Captain Kevin Hagen as his remains return to Vancouver Island.

Hagen was one of six Canadian Air Force members who lost their lives in the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crash in the Mediterranean Sea on April 29.

Homecoming processions for the other five members were held earlier this month and last.

On Saturday, June 27, Capt. Hagen’s remains will be brought to the Victoria International Airport where Hagen’s family will be joined by military and civilian dignitaries in a police-escorted motorcade.

Starting at 1:30 p.m., the motorcade procession will travel from the airport to the McCall Gardens Funeral Home in Cordova Bay.

“For those who wish to recognize Captain Hagen’s return home, we ask that you join us in adhering to COVID-19 restrictions and practice physical distancing while paying respects, in addition to observing traffic rules,” reads a statement from the Canadian Armed Forces.

“While the Canadian Armed Forces understands and recognizes Canadians’ grief and the need to mourn at this difficult time, we ask it is done so in a way that protects the health and safety of everyone.”

An overview of the route is given below, but there may be changes or delays due to circumstances out of organizers’ control:

  • Depart 443 (Maritime Helicopter) Squadron, 9755 Willingdon Rd (Victoria International Airport), to W Saanich Rd
  • Turn right onto W Saanich Rd/BC-17A N to Mills Rd
  • Turn right onto Mills Rd to MacDonald Park Rd
  • Turn right onto McDonald Park Rd which will turn into Beacon Ave W
  • Turn right onto BC-17 (signs for Victoria) at the intersection of Beacon Ave and BC-17 S
  • Drive straight through the intersection of Pat Bay Hwy (BC-17 S) & Mt Newton Cross Rd
  • Drive straight through the intersection of Pat Bay Hwy (BC-17 S) & Island View Rd
  • Drive straight through the intersection of Pat Bay Hwy (BC-17 S) & Sayward Rd
  • Take exit 11 for Royal Oak Dr
  • Turn left onto Royal Oak Dr/BC-17A S at the intersection of BC-17A S and Royal Oak Dr
  • Turn left onto Falaise Dr at the intersection of Royal Oak Dr and Falaise Dr
  • Turn left onto Falaise Dr at the intersection of Falaise Dr and Falaise Cres
  • Arrive at McCall Gardens Funeral and Cremation Service, 4665 Falaise Dr