ARCHIVED - Statement by Family of Corporal Nathan Cirillo – October 24, 2014

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Statement / October 25, 2014

On behalf of our family, we want to say thank you to the entire nation.

On October 22nd we lost a brother, a father, a son, a friend and a national hero.

We are not only mourning as a family, but also a country.  When we lost Nathan, we all mourned as one.

There are no words to express the sadness that has fallen upon us all.  We take comfort knowing Nathan has done our country proud.

The support of the nation in this devastating time provides a measure of comfort and helps make this almost bearable.

We want to particularly thank the Argylls, the entire Canadian Forces, the police and firefighters, the EMS and those wonderful Canadians that came to aid Nathan in his time of need.

Also we want to convey how deeply moved we are by all Canadian citizens and free nations with the outpouring of sympathy and incredible tributes for Nathan.

Nathan loved the Army.  He had a strong unwavering devotion to duty; he understood what it meant to sustain freedom.  He was fearless, Nathan would have done his duty even if he knew this tragedy was coming. 

Nathan was Canada’s son, he belonged to all of us.

We’ve always thought we live in the best country in the world, the people just proved it.

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