Friday, October 24, 2014

O Canada!

I'm not exactly sure where this post is heading, or exactly what to say... but feel like something should be said.

I have family who live in Ottawa where those terrible events took place earlier this week. 

Friends and family were put on "lockdown" that afternoon. Mum's were worried about their kids shut tight in their schools.

Family, visiting from England were on the very spot the shooting took place just days before. I've walked there myself many times.

There is a large military population in our area. We neighbour the military town where the repatriation of fallen Canadian soldiers takes place.

Today, the body of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, the young man who was killed on Wednesday, will pass along the Highway of Heroes, through our home town.

He will be returned to Hamilton, his home, the place we lived most of our lives.

The 500 kilometers between those places seem awfully small today.

"With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!"

I feel blessed to call Canada home. I'm proud of the bravery, the calm, the thoughtfulness and dignity displayed these past few days. It's not perfect, but it's a good place, filled with good people.

"O Canada, we stand on guard for thee."

May you rest in peace Corporal Nathan Cirillo.


  1. such a tragedy. I'll add my thoughts along with all of my Canadian friends. Oma Linda

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your countrymen Nichola. No-one anywhere should have this happen and my heart aches for those parents. xo

  3. A real tragedy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your countrymen especially those parents.

  4. I was moved by your post, Nichola ...beautifully written. I am deeply saddened by the tragic events of the past week as a Canadian, as someone who called Ottawa my home for over 30 years, and as a decent human being. My heart goes out to those families for their losses. Even though we lost some of our innocence this week, we remain strong and proud Canadians who cannot adequately express how much we appreciate our service men and women and their sacrifices.True north strong and free is right! Thank you for sharing your heart with us, Nichola.

  5. I felt ashamed of the U.S. and so sorry that our violence has crossed your borders.