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Taking in the News

I heard bits and pieces of something happening in Ottawa today, about a gunman, a soldier being shot….I listened to the radio on the way home from work and felt gut emotion. One of the soldiers standing guard at the National War Memorial, in front of the tomb for the unknown soldier, was shot and killed. His name is Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the father of a young child.There was shooting inside the parliament building but the gunman was stopped.Dead.

I am shocked. Not totally surprised. I feel very protective of my country, the freedom I have and the values we hold close to our hearts. Today I really felt the words from our national anthem, “Oh Canada, our home and native land…We stand on guard for thee”. The Pittsburgh Penguins played against another American team but sang “Oh Canada” at the game  to show their support for us. A huge “THANK YOU” for your kind gesture.

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2 responses

  1. I was in Eastern Europe when I heard of this story. Many were commenting that Canada is such a gun-free country, yet were very happy that the offender was taken out and the Sargent in Arms was indeed armed to do so. In our country, on base the soldiers can’t carry and that has created deaths of our servicemen.

    October 28, 2014 at 7:47 pm

  2. I think the Sargent in Arms had the gun in his office. He is an ex-RCMP officer.The gunman was outside the hall where the prime minister was. The security guard at the entrance to the parliament buildings was un-armed but that may change.The government wants to strengthen security without denying the public the right to access the building-a tough balance. I am sorry that servicemen and women have lost their lives.it will be interesting to see public support on Veterans Day/Remembrance Day.

    November 2, 2014 at 11:44 pm

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