We must keep paying tribute to the National War Memorial

Be strong, Canada

Cam Tait

National War Memorial01On a warm morning in late May of 2008, my assistant Rhonda Ferguson and I traveled north from Cornwall, Ont. to Ottawa for a flight to Edmonton.

We had several hours before we had to be at the airport.

“Could we drive by the National War Memorial in front of the Parliament buildings?” Rhonda asked. “I’ve never seen it and would like to.”

We did. And we were both struck by the profound meaning of the memorial — honoring all Canadian veterans — right in front of the Parliament buildings where elected officials govern our country because of  the freedom we have.

Those memories scurried through my mind Wednesday morning as news came in about the shooting in Ottawa, right at the base of war memorial.

The story took a tragic turn just around 12 noon when police said the man, a soldier who was shot standing in front of…

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