I was about a block from the funeral home when this picture was taken. Cpl Cirillo's cortege has just appeared.
Two Canadian soldiers were murdered last week,
Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl Nathan
Cirillo. Both are a terrible loss but Cpl Cirillo's death
has affected us at a very deep level. That's because
at the time of his death he embodied the archetypal
'good man' actively protecting everything we hold
sacred whereas Warrant Officer Vincent was simply
going about his daily life when he was killed.
The archetypal 'good man' or 'good father' or 'hero'
has not been a large part of our western society for
a while. Many of our 'heroes' are rich, greedy and
tend to debase and abuse women and children.
Cpl Cirillo has become a symbol that resonates in
all of us. The protector/defender role model children
need, particularly boy children learning what it
means to be a good man.
I'll watch Cpl Cirillo's funeral and cry but I'll also
know that he was a hero and in a way he could
never have expected he was there when we needed