While Canadians recover from the excitement of the federal election, five years ago today the mood on Parliament Hill was much different.
The attack began with Michael Zehaf-Bibeau gunning Cirillo down as he stood vigil at the Canadian National War Memorial. Zehaf-Bibeau the made his way to the Centre Block of Parliament before being gunned down in a shootout inside.
The following day, Bruce MacKinnon paid tribute to Cirillo:
On the five year anniversary of the attack, Cirillo was being remembered by groups throughout the country.
Today we pause and remember the service and sacrifice of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, killed 5 years ago while standing sentry at the National War Memorial, and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was run down two days before the Parliament Hill shootings. We will remember them. pic.twitter.com/8gyxgmKtI3— Wounded Warriors CAN (@WoundWarriorCA) October 22, 2019
Today we remember Corporal Nathan Cirillo & Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. As we pay tribute to these two brave men of our Canadian Armed Forces, we also thank everyone who acted to help and keep us safe five years ago: https://t.co/eJXCK0FeFx— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 22, 2019
Corporal Nathan Cirillo was killed 5 years ago today. This picture of his dog waiting for him to come home still makes me sad... pic.twitter.com/2X5QYgBxDG— 𝗚𝗶𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗲 𝗥𝗶𝗻𝗴 (@GiantBlueRing) October 22, 2019
Today we remember Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was killed 5 years ago today while serving as an honour guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. pic.twitter.com/5zhelmRp5i— The Royal Canadian Legion (@RoyalCdnLegion) October 22, 2019
Five years ago today, Canadian hero Corporal Nathan Cirillo was murdered simply for wearing the uniform of the Canadian Armed Forces. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/lqu0IcDOpa— Conservative Party (@CPC_HQ) October 22, 2019
“Five years ago we lost two of our own on Canadian soil. WO Patrice Vincent on 20 Oct 14 and Cpl Nathan Cirillo on 22 Oct 14. We honour their memory each day we put on our uniforms in the service of Canada.” - JV pic.twitter.com/Ucc7ilfiTb— General Jonathan Vance (@CDS_Canada_CEMD) October 22, 2019