A full regimental funeral in Hamilton was held yesterday for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the soldier who was shot and killed while guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
Prime Minister Harper was among many of the dignitaries there.
24-year-old Cpl.Cirillo died last Wednesday after being shot by 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a homeless man with a criminal record.
The RCMP are still investigating Bibeau’s assault.
Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was remembered in a heartfelt eulogy delivered yesterday by Cirillo’s cousin, Jennifer Holland at the slain soldier’s regimental funeral in Hamilton.
Cirillo was fondly remembered as a loving father whose 5-year-old son Marcus “adored him.”
Marcus wore a hat just like his dad’s, which was a special gift from his father’s regiment.
“It was beautiful to see the joy he had while playing with his son,” Holland said of her cousin.
Prime Minister Harper also spoke at the funeral yesterday, commending the soldier for his sacrifice.
“Most of us can never truly understand the significance to a soldier of the simple act of standing reverently on guard at (the National War Memorial), but … Cpl. Cirillo, who felt the calling of a soldier as a 13-year-old cadet, he understood,” Harper said.
“He knew what he was protecting and what he was preserving. He died protecting and preserving it.”
“Our hearts are broken at his loss but our spirits are grateful for his memory,” Harper said.
“May his son, young Marcus Daniel Cirillo, someday find comfort in the fact that our entire country looks up to his dad.”
Donations can be made to Cirillo’s family at any TD bank, quoting Transit number 2221, Account number 6391935.
Photos of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s funeral in Hamilton Tuesday:
(HEADER PHOTO: RICHARD LAUTENS / TORONTO STAR)