Statement by the Prime Minister on the anniversary of the attack at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill

Statement by the Prime Minister on the anniversary of the attack at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill
Four years after tragic and senseless attack, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo remembered
To mark the fourth anniversary of the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, after a gunman went on a rampage in downtown Ottawa, the Prime Minister released a statement to mark the sentry’s sacrifice.

Justin Trudeau also used the occasion to mark the death of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed two days earlier in a separate attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

“Our thoughts are with their families and friends, and all those affected by these attacks,” Trudeau said in his statement, which was released early Monday. “As we pay tribute to these fallen members of the Canadian Armed Forces, we also pay our respects to the brave first responders and members of our Parliamentary family who acted without hesitation to keep us safe.

As Canadians, we will not surrender to hatred, and let attacks like these divide us. In the face of cowardly violence and fear mongering, we will not compromise our most cherished values – freedom, democracy, diversity, and inclusion.”

OTTAWA – On the fourth anniversary of the Parliament Hill terrorist attack, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is encouraging people to "show gratitude to the valiant Canadians in uniform, past and present."

Trudeau also called on Canadians from coast to coast to show “gratitude” to our men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line daily to protect the values that Canada holds most dear.

“Today, I encourage everyone to show gratitude to the valiant Canadians in uniform, past and present. Their dedication and service protect and defend everything that Canada stands for,” he said.

In a Facebook post, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer described the Hill attacker as "an attacker who then tried to strike at the very heart of our democracy."

Cirillo, a 24-year old reservist from Hamilton, was gunned down while serving as an honour guard at the National War Memorial on Oct. 22, 2014. The man who shot him then stormed Parliament Hill, where he was killed by then Sergeant-At-Arms Kevin Vickers and officers with the RCMP.

It was the second attack on a Canadian soldier that week. Days earlier, Vincent had been purposely rammed by a vehicle as he left a veteran service centre in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.

Martin Magnan, a man who tried to help save Cpl. Cirillos life that day told CTV News Channel that he is still dealing with the emotional repercussions.

A member of the Canadian Forces salutes as he passes in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Wednesday Oct. 22, 2015.

It was four years ago today that Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot and killed by a gunman while serving as an honour guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Two days earlier, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed in a separate attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has released a statement to mark the four-year anniversary of the attack.

“Four years ago today, a tragic and senseless attack at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in Ottawa claimed the life of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a sentry at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and left several others injured,” said Trudeau.

Two days earlier, 53-year-old Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent died after he and another officer were deliberately rammed by a car in a parking lot in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

The driver, Martin Couture-Rouleau, was shot dead by police after he rolled his vehicle into a ditch after a police chase.

Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of Hamiltonian Corporal Nathan Cirillo, and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. We will never forget them for their service or their sacrifice — and we stand united against hate. pic.twitter.com/7AQ3OGSpPS

“On this sombre anniversary, we remember Cpl. Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed two days earlier in a separate attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Our thoughts are with their families and friends, and all those affected by these attacks,” added Trudeau.

On this day 4 years ago, Corporal Nathan Cirillo was murdered while standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Let us never forget the sacrifices our brave men and woman in uniform make to protect our country from the forces of unspeakable evil in this world. pic.twitter.com/ImF7xuC228

“As we pay tribute to these fallen members of the Canadian Armed Forces, we also pay our respects to the brave first responders and members of our Parliamentary family who acted without hesitation to keep us safe,” the prime minister remarked. “As Canadians, we will not surrender to hatred, and let attacks like these divide us. In the face of cowardly violence and fear mongering, we will not compromise our most cherished values — freedom, democracy, diversity, and inclusion.”

“Today, I encourage everyone to show gratitude to the valiant Canadians in uniform, past and present. Their dedication and service protect and defend everything that Canada stands for.”