Canada’s Heroes

I’m not sure why I was so affected by Nathan Cirillo’s death, after all, Canada has lost many service-men and women over the years, including just two days prior with the deliberate hit and run attack on Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. While every loss should be mourned, somehow this senseless attack on Cpl. Cirillo at the War Memorial in Ottawa and at Parliament Hill was like a direct hit to all of us.

I was able to listen in to just a small portion of the funeral this morning and was struck with what a sense of loss this really was for not only his family (a sad, unimagined loss), but also to this country. I hope it will spark renewed support of our troops, and of all our men and women in uniform, past and present. I hope we begin to treat our veterans with even more respect and dignity than we already do (and sometimes don’t do). It’s the very least we owe them.

Rest in peace Cpl. Cirillo and Warrant Officer Vincent; with much gratitude, thank you for your service.

Canada says goodbye

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