The events in Ottawa Wednesday had a traumatizing effect on the country, and as we struggle with the implications of a lone gunman and his insane suicide mission on Parliament Hill, two families are left struggling over the sudden and seemingly senseless loss of a son to the whims of madman. Doing, at least, some small part to help the healing process, Guelph Member of Parliament Frank Valeriote has two books of condolence available for people to sign in memory of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed Monday in Quebec, and Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was killed in Ottawa Wednesday. Details are below.
Here's the press release from Valeriote's office:
GUELPH – Guelph Member of Parliament Frank Valeriote will host two books of condolence; one for Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and another for Corporal Nathan Cirillo, both Canadian Armed Forces members who died tragically this week.
“Tragically this week, Canada lost 2 heroes,” said Valeriote. “Both acts were heinous, hateful, cowardly acts committed by people who want to shake our resolve; instead we must remember who we are and what these two brave men stood for.”
Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, a 28 year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces was struck and killed on Monday outside the Integrated Personnel Support Centre in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec where he worked as a member of the Joint Personnel Support Unit helping veterans, soldiers and their families access federal government support services.
Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a 24-year old reservist with Hamilton’s Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada was shot while serving as an honourary guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa by the same assailant killed in Canada’s Parliament on Wednesday.
“Canadians are mourning along with the families of these two brave men, and I want to give Guelphites an opportunity to pass on their condolences in the wake of these two awful events,” said Valeriote. “It’s important we honour the memories of Warrant Vincent and Corporal Cirillo. Lest we forget.”