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
Trudeau releases statement to mark fourth anniversary of Parliament Hill shooting
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.

“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.”

Say thanks to Canadians in uniform, PM encourages on anniversary of Hill attack

“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.

“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.

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.”

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

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.

“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.

“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.

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

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.

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

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."

It was four years ago Monday, that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau gunned down Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the reservist who was standing guard at the National War Memorial.

“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 attacker then made his way to Centre Block, where he was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire in the Hall of Honour, as MPs hid in rooms on either side.

OTTAWA, Oct. 22, 2018 /CNW/ – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the four-year anniversary of the attack at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill:

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

"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," Trudeau said.

The gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, would go on to storm the Centre Block of Parliament before being gunned down by Parliamentary security, including Sergeant-At-Arms Kevin Vickers.

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.

Just two days earlier, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent had been run down by a car driven by Martin Couture-Rouleau in another terrorist attack in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.

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He said, in honouring Cpl. Cirillo, "we commit ourselves again to our fight to rid the world of terrorism, and express our gratitude to the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces who stand on guard for us with pride."

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