Attack at the National War Memorial: Leaders Mark Anniversary

Canada’s federal leaders paid tribute Saturday on the eighth anniversary of the attacks at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement saying he joins the Canadians in paying tribute to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who died in 2014 while guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa.

“Today we remember the selflessness and compassion of bystanders and members of our parliamentary family who acted without hesitation to protect us, and we salute the first responders who put themselves in danger to ensure their safety. said Trudeau.

“The National War Memorial was built to commemorate Canadians’ wartime response. It has since become a symbol of the sacrifice of all of our service members who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Parliament Hill symbolizes the values ​​that define us as Canadians: freedom, peace and inclusion. We will always stand up against violence and terrorism to ensure the protection of these values.

After killing Cirillo, the shooter, Michael Zihaf Bibeau, stormed the Center Block on Parliament Hill with a rifle and was later shot by Kevin Vickers, then Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Commons.

Trudeau also recognized Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who died two days earlier in another attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre also marked the anniversary, write on twitter“We mourn the loss of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo. And we renew our promise to fight and resist terror here at home and around the world.”

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks his thoughts are with the loved ones of Cirillo and Vincent, “who tragically lost their lives. As well as all the first responders who risked their safety.”

Defense Minister Anita Anand said: “We remember them for their service to Canada, and our hearts go out to their families and loved ones.”

With files from CTV News and The Canadian Press