Thank you to all the brave men and women who have served, and continue to serve, our country.
I am always incredibly proud to be Canadian, but this year I feel even more appreciative of the true north strong and free. The recent tragic deaths of our soldiers Nathan Cirillo and Patrice Vincent touched us all, from coast to coast, and brought everyone together in a way that…I don’t know, I can’t even describe. It hit close to home. It doesn’t happen here. Nathan Cirillo’s murder was exceptionally sad, because he was so young, a single father to his son and also several rescue dogs, and generally just seemed like a great, normal guy.
He did not deserve to have his life taken while guarding our National War Memorial. That is such a horrific thing.
If you are not Canadian you may have missed what our Highway of Heroes (history of the Highway of Heroes at that link) looked like when they brought Nathan Cirillo’s body from the National War Memorial in Ottawa to his home in Hamilton. But even if you did see…see again. These images are so incredibly powerful.
(all photos from here)
I can’t look at them without tearing up, thinking of everyone taking the time out of their day to come together and honour a stranger. I feel incredibly lucky to live in a country where its citizens will gather to honour someone they’ve never met. It is fitting, as veterans have done the same for us – fought for us, strangers, so that we can live a better life.
So thank you to our veterans, including my very favourite D-Dad, who bravely fought in Europe during WWII.
He was able to see his children grow up and meet his grandchildren. But so many others were not so lucky.
So yes, lest we forget. I am wearing my poppy proudly today. The least I can do is remember.
Some recent links of interest:
Honouring the life of Nathan Cirillo – via CBC
“In my mind Nathan will be standing on guard for us always” – via Maclean’s
Ottawa Shooting: The face-to-face encounter that ended the attack on Parliament – via CBC (this is INSANE! It sounds like a movie! Kevin Vickers is a hero)
Remembering fallen soldier Patrice Vincent – via Huffington Post
Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs gather at National War Memorial – via CBC (this touched my heart)