COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Wear red Tuesday to honour Corporal Nathan Cirillo

Opinion Oct 24, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Mike Nabuurs, special to the News

Hamilton's own Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a reservist with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, was standing guard at the National War Memorial when a coward shot him in the back.

He was guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and paying tribute to the memory of the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom and our country.

That day, a young boy lost his father, a family lost their son and Hamilton, and indeed Canada, lost a hero.

The men and women who wear the uniform of this country — and swear to defend it at all costs — are all heroes. Therefore, we must all consider what we can do to show our support for them.

For years now, many of us have worn red on Fridays as a simple gesture to show our support for our troops. That support and that simple gesture is needed now, more than ever.

Our troops have been told not to wear their uniforms out in public because they could be targets for terrorism.

It is time for us to rally around them — to don a uniform of red to let everyone know we stand together, in support of our country, in support of our troops and for us in Hamilton, in support of the family and friends of Cpl. Cirillo.

The timing of last week's tragedy is important as it came just days before our municipal elections. Our right to freedom and democracy has been paid for over and over again in the blood and sacrifice of a long list of Canadians whose names are etched in memorials and grave markers across this country and abroad.

Men and women who each had a commitment to standing up for each one of us. Without concern for whether we thought the same way they did, whether we believed in the same things as they did or even whether or not we cared.

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's name has been added to that long list.

It is incumbent upon each of us to show we care.

Wear red this Tuesday as Cpl. Cirillo is laid to rest. Wear red this Friday and every Friday moving forward and wear a red poppy this Remembrance Day!

Their sacrifice will not be in vain as long as we never forget what they did for us and what they gave up for Canada.

Mike Nabuurs is a Mountain resident and the morning show host for 1150 CKOC.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Wear red Tuesday to honour Corporal Nathan Cirillo

Opinion Oct 24, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Mike Nabuurs, special to the News

Hamilton's own Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a reservist with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, was standing guard at the National War Memorial when a coward shot him in the back.

He was guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and paying tribute to the memory of the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom and our country.

That day, a young boy lost his father, a family lost their son and Hamilton, and indeed Canada, lost a hero.

The men and women who wear the uniform of this country — and swear to defend it at all costs — are all heroes. Therefore, we must all consider what we can do to show our support for them.

For years now, many of us have worn red on Fridays as a simple gesture to show our support for our troops. That support and that simple gesture is needed now, more than ever.

Our troops have been told not to wear their uniforms out in public because they could be targets for terrorism.

It is time for us to rally around them — to don a uniform of red to let everyone know we stand together, in support of our country, in support of our troops and for us in Hamilton, in support of the family and friends of Cpl. Cirillo.

The timing of last week's tragedy is important as it came just days before our municipal elections. Our right to freedom and democracy has been paid for over and over again in the blood and sacrifice of a long list of Canadians whose names are etched in memorials and grave markers across this country and abroad.

Men and women who each had a commitment to standing up for each one of us. Without concern for whether we thought the same way they did, whether we believed in the same things as they did or even whether or not we cared.

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's name has been added to that long list.

It is incumbent upon each of us to show we care.

Wear red this Tuesday as Cpl. Cirillo is laid to rest. Wear red this Friday and every Friday moving forward and wear a red poppy this Remembrance Day!

Their sacrifice will not be in vain as long as we never forget what they did for us and what they gave up for Canada.

Mike Nabuurs is a Mountain resident and the morning show host for 1150 CKOC.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Wear red Tuesday to honour Corporal Nathan Cirillo

Opinion Oct 24, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Mike Nabuurs, special to the News

Hamilton's own Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a reservist with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, was standing guard at the National War Memorial when a coward shot him in the back.

He was guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and paying tribute to the memory of the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom and our country.

That day, a young boy lost his father, a family lost their son and Hamilton, and indeed Canada, lost a hero.

The men and women who wear the uniform of this country — and swear to defend it at all costs — are all heroes. Therefore, we must all consider what we can do to show our support for them.

For years now, many of us have worn red on Fridays as a simple gesture to show our support for our troops. That support and that simple gesture is needed now, more than ever.

Our troops have been told not to wear their uniforms out in public because they could be targets for terrorism.

It is time for us to rally around them — to don a uniform of red to let everyone know we stand together, in support of our country, in support of our troops and for us in Hamilton, in support of the family and friends of Cpl. Cirillo.

The timing of last week's tragedy is important as it came just days before our municipal elections. Our right to freedom and democracy has been paid for over and over again in the blood and sacrifice of a long list of Canadians whose names are etched in memorials and grave markers across this country and abroad.

Men and women who each had a commitment to standing up for each one of us. Without concern for whether we thought the same way they did, whether we believed in the same things as they did or even whether or not we cared.

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's name has been added to that long list.

It is incumbent upon each of us to show we care.

Wear red this Tuesday as Cpl. Cirillo is laid to rest. Wear red this Friday and every Friday moving forward and wear a red poppy this Remembrance Day!

Their sacrifice will not be in vain as long as we never forget what they did for us and what they gave up for Canada.

Mike Nabuurs is a Mountain resident and the morning show host for 1150 CKOC.