Over 50,000 people gathered in Ottawa on Tuesday to honour Canada’s fallen men and women – all who have died in the country’s service, as the National War Memorial was rededicated on November 11, less than a month after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was gunned down while guarding the monument during an attack on Parliament Hill.
The memorial was formally rededicated by Canadian Governor General David Johnston, who paid tribute in his speech to both Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed two days before Cirillo in Montreal.
“Freedom without peace is agony, and peace without freedom is slavery, and we will tolerate neither,” Johnston said Tuesday. “This is the truth we owe our dead.”
Of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where many attendees laid their poppies to rest, Johnston said, “We don’t know his name. He is our unknown soldier. In anonymity he honours all Canadians who died and may yet die for their country.”
In the video below, gatherers honoured Cirillo in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario.