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Andrew Swan, MLA Minto
October 22, 2015

Remembering Cpl Nathan Cirillo

One year ago today Corporal Nathan Frank Cirillo was shot and killed at the young age of 25. Any death of a military member is tragic, but the horror of this event was intensified by the fact that Corporal Cirillo was not deployed overseas. Rather, he stood on duty, unarmed, at Ottawa’s National War Memorial.

Corporal Cirillo was a reservist with plans to join the regular force. He grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and joined the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders infantry unit as soon as he could.

Corporal Cirillo was a father, son, and a brother. Looking back, we once more offer our condolences to his family for their loss, honour his memory, and thank all of those brave people who don a uniform to protect Canadian lives.

I stand today to thank our military personnel, in the regular forces and the reserves, across Manitoba, including those stationed at Minto Armouries on St. Matthews Avenue. We cannot underestimate the value of their contribution to our security. The reservist infantry soldiers based at Minto Armouries, like others across our country, mirror the valour and dignity displayed by Corporal Cirillo; serving and protecting us, but also serving as community leaders, coaches and volunteers. They are our family, our friends, our neighbours.

The courage required to join the military is something that few have, and yet it is imperative for the safety of our country. When our military personnel go to work, they know they may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice, which is exactly what Corporal Cirillo did.

The motto of Cpl Cirillo’s unit is Ne Obliscaris, Sans Peur: Do not Forget, Without Fear. Cpl Cirillo fulfilled that motto. We will not forget him.