Letter to the editor 5, Nov. 6, 2014
I would like to thank Janet Mann for her beautiful and touching cartoon dealing with the tragic murders in October of two brave Canadians (Your Local Journal, October 30). Some say their deaths, though tragic, were not heroic and I, along with millions of other Canadians, strongly disagree.
The definition of a hero is, “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.” Cpl. Nathan Cirillo is admired by all Canadians and standing guard unarmed in uniform at the Canadian National War Memorial on Parliament hill a month after a spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham called for attacks on Canadians and two days after another Canadian military hero was murdered was, without doubt, an act of courage.
Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who also served as a military firefighter, a man well loved and respected, was murdered solely because of the uniform he proudly wore. Many men died in the last two great wars. Some were conscripted, trained, shipped out and killed without having ever fi red a shot. What they all shared in common with Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was that they died in uniform performing a service for the country they loved. They were all heroes.