This past weekend, we acknowledged a solemn and haunting anniversary.
It was two years ago that Corporal Nathan Cirillo, from Hamilton’s Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was murdered as he stood guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
We got to know a lot more about Nathan Cirillo in the days following his death.
Many of us who frequented the leash free dog park in Ancaster were shocked when we saw pictures of Nathan and recognized him as ‘that friendly guy who always took his dogs to the park’.
In fact, who can forget the touching picture of Nathan’s dog, with a mournful expression on his face, waiting at the backyard gate for his master to return.
And, we’ll always remember those images of Nathan’s son Marcus, wearing his dad’s Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders cap as he walked in the funeral procession in downtown Hamilton.
Nathan Cirillo’s tragic death was a stark reminder that every man and woman who serves in our military stands on guard for us, and we owe a great debt to those brave Canadians like Nathan Cirillo and Patrice Vincent who was killed days earlier.
They died in service to our country and we must never forget their dedication and their sacrifice.