On Wednesday, October 22nd, tragedy struck our great country. Shots were fired at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (National War Memorial) in Ottawa, hitting and killing Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a 24-year-old reservist from Hamilton, Ontario. The shooter, along with a possible one to two accomplices, continued on foot to Parliament Hill, storming to the Peace Tower and firing off an additional number of rounds. In an exchange of gunfire between the shooter, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, parliament security and members of the RCMP, it was Sergeant-of-Arms Kevin Vickers who shot and killed Zehaf-Bibeau.
All day Wednedsay, the nation (and world) was keeping an eye on the publicly broadcasted breaking news to learn of updates about the event as it unfolded. Later that day, more shots were fired at the Rideau Centre, a nearby public (and very well known) mall. The shots continued.
Still, the police and RCMP we unable to find the shooter(s). Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and fellow opposition party leaders, Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair, made official statements in relation to the shootings.
I am usually one to voice my opinion when necessary, however this event has many politicians and Canadians pointing fingers at certain organizations and blaming this on terrorist attacks, which may very well be true. Without getting into my political views on this matter, I believe this is a huge hurdle and tragedy that we, as a country, will eventually cross, never forgetting the moment, but hopefully moving on from as better persons.
Although we mourn for those who lost their lives in Wednesday’s incidents, we need to be reminded that there are still diamonds that shine through the rough. In times of trouble, we often forget to slow down and observe the beauty in what is around us. From Parliament Hill, to the classic Chateau Laurier and the University of Ottawa, this week’s Photo Friday showcases the beauty and serenity of Ottawa – the capital of our country.