How We Remember Two Dead Soldiers and What That Says About Us

Dylan Powell

Stark L – Cpl. Justin Stark R – Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

A week ago today a man, who had been living in a shelter, drove to the Parliament buildings in Ottawa and opened fire on Corporal Nathan Cirillo – one of the two guards at the National War Monument. The shooting was fatal and the shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau would later meet the same fate as he stormed Parliament and was shot and killed by the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Commons Kevin Vickers. That story has dominated news cycles in Canada and seen an international outpouring of support for Corporal Nathan Cirillo – all top U.S. Officials have sent their regards and tens of thousands of Canadians have visited a vigil outside of the Hamilton Armoury, or held vigil alongside and on overpasses of Ontario’s Highways as his body and casket were driven back to Hamilton. Numerous military personnel have commented…

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