The Hardest Goodbyes I

Closing this week in a city altered forever. Yesterday was “business as usual” though fair to say my thoughts were consumed with the continued emerging details surrounding the senseless death of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

I’m lost for words but these ones are more important than ever to me and to all Canadians:

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Ô Canada!
Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!
Car ton bras sait porter l’épée,
Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, standing guard in front of Canada's National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, standing guard in front of Canada’s National War Memorial in Ottawa.

R.I.P.

You join with many brave, bright souls that went far too soon.

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5 thoughts on “The Hardest Goodbyes I

  1. Beautifully touching tribute, K.
    This vile, senseless crime has reached the hearts of people worldwide.
    Your people and your country are in my thoughts, and those of many others here in France.

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    • Thank you B. I’m torn between utter shock, rage and grief. Canada has been known in more recent times as a Peacekeeper Nation, our proud military heritage has sometimes been forgotten or glossed over by people who want to forget or pretend that there is no longer a need for our Armed Forces. Being the first generation in my family that has NOT served, fought or died for this country (and many other countries round the world), it means so much to know that the world is standing with us in the face of this terrible reminder.
      We can never stand down as long as evil flourishes.

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