Sunday, 26 October 2014

Canadians Wore Red on Friday, October 24th, 2014

The tradition of showing support by wearing colours, to demonstrate that we are united in mourning is a universal action that gives some measure of strength to those left behind. And so it was on Friday, October 24th when Canadians chose to wear red to show their respect to the soldier who died as he stood guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Previously in the week another soldier, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, in Quebec was also killed. The assailants allegedly worked alone.

I am a Canadian in France and was touched by the expressions of sorrow that came from my French acquaintances, friends and neighbours. The butcher expressed his condolences to my husband and me, a neighbour came by to do the same . . . I was deeply touched. I felt the shock with the news release and, with being away, also felt helpless, almost isolated. It was the French who helped enhance my Canadian sentiments.

No matter where we are in the world, the lyrics in our national anthem, "we stand on guard for thee" were made even more poignant. Rest in Peace, Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent


  1. These are very sad events in current Canadian history. It breaks my heart to know that people from around the world that we accept into Canada to become Canadian citizens act like this and preform these actions again a country that accepts them. Why can we all just get along and put our religious beliefs aside.

    1. Our way of thinking, our point of view, our world view, our belief systems are obviously much different than those in other parts of the world as demonstrated by your final question of why can't we just get along and put our religious beliefs aside? There are those who cannot even ask this question because of their belief systems and this is why I doubt there will ever be peace. Human beings are tribal, always have been - hopefully we are evolving.


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