Veterans in Guelph honour Corporal Nathan Cirillo

Veterans in Guelph also honoured the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo today with a ceremony at the downtown Cenotaph. They plan on observing the soldier’s death annually.

Just before noon, Bill Matthews and 7 fellow veterans stand guard at the cenotaph in Guelph. Like Corporal Nathan Cirollo, he wears the Glengarry of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Matthews was an Argyll from 1960 to 1975. “He was a member of my regiment, very close to my heart. It hurt to see that happen and I’ll never forget it.”

A group of motorcyclists rode from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum to Guelph for a changing of the guard.

The “Heroes Highway Ride” members message – they stand behind our troops. “It’s a senseless loss. It should never have happened. I feel for his family especially his young son. As a father myself I can’t imagine leaving my kids behind.”

The small ceremony at the Guelph Cenotaph drew the attention of Guelph MP elect Lloyd Longfield. He was in Ottawa on lockdown the day of the shooting. “Ambulances were flying by our meeting and then the sirens stopped immediately. So we knew something was going on right outside our building.”

A day most Canadians will never forget and one Bill Matthews says he’ll continue to honour. “I’ll be here every year. “