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Commander's Message / October 23, 2014

I am deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own, Corporal Nathan Cirillo who lost his life while serving as a Sentry at the National War Memorial, a solemn duty to respect and honour the memory of Canadian military personnel who lost their lives in the service of their country. Cpl Cirillo was a member of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s), a Canadian Army reserve regiment based in Hamilton, Ontario.

My greatest sympathies go out to the family of Corporal Nathan Cirillo. His service will be honoured and remembered. My thoughts and prayers are also with his Regiment – his fellow soldiers who tragically lost a brother in arms.

This tragedy demonstrates and serves as a painful reminder of how our Canadian Armed Forces members put their lives on the line every day in the defence of Canada, here and abroad.

While no words can ease the pain of Cpl Cirillo’s death, all members of 4th Canadian Division share our grief with Cpl Cirillo’s family and will support his loved ones at this most difficult time.


Brigadier-General Lowell Thomas
Commander, 4th Canadian Division


The untimely death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo has struck a deep blow to the close-knit community of his regiment, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's), and to 31 Canadian Brigade Group. As we mourn Corporal Cirillo, we also draw closer as a military family, both within his regiment and across 31 Canadian Brigade Group. Our deepest condolences are shared with Corporal Cirillo's family, and words cannot express the sadness we feel at the loss of a brother soldier. He will be remembered. 31 Canadian Brigade Group stands ready to support Corporal Cirillo's family and his regiment through this difficult period.


Colonel Kevin Bertoia
Commander, 31 Canadian Brigade Group


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