Bill Kelly: Remembering Nathan Cirillo

Canadian reservist Cpl. Nathan Cirillo is pictured in an undated photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Facebook

Yesterday was the anniversary of a sombre day in Hamilton’s and Canada’s history.

It was three years ago that Hamilton’s Nathan Cirillo was killed as he stood guard at the National Cenotaph in Ottawa.

Cirillo was a member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment of Hamilton.

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He was shot to death by a crazed gunman and his death shocked our nation and our community.

But, as devastating as Cirillo’s death was to us, the outpouring of love and support for the Cirillo family was equally overwhelming.

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Nathan’s journey along the Highway For Heroes was remarkable and the thousands of Hamiltonians who lined the streets on that chilly Friday night  to pay their respects as the motorcade  made its way through the city was truly amazing.

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We’ll never forget the image of Cirillo’s young son Marcus, wearing his dad’s Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders cap as he listened to  political and military VIPs pay tribute to his dad.

Nathan Cirillo was one of us.

He was the guy you ran into at the grocery store, or at the gym , or at the dog park in Ancaster, which now bears his name.

He died in service to his country and our promise to Nathan Cirillo and all those who gave their lives in service to Canada   remains the same; we will never forget you.

Bill Kelly is the host of Bill Kelly Show on AM 900 CHML and a commentator for Global News.

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