We watched images on the news of our parliament building in Ottawa being stormed by a terrorist. We saw the images of a soldier laying on the ground while a woman worked so hard to breathe life back into him. But it was too late. We saw a still photo of this same soldier's two dogs, with their snouts peeking out from under their backyard fence. They were waiting and waiting, waiting for their master to come home. We saw the faces of these two men who gave their lives for our country. It was a sad week in Canadian history.
Our country is still in mourning. More people are making sure to wear their poppy and there is an expected increase in the number of people who will attend ceremonies this year. Then came another order. This time it came from the RCMP. They have ordered all members at all ceremonies to be armed and to have extra ammunition on hand. There will be plain clothes officers in the crowd. This news made me feel so sad. This is not Canada. This is not who we are. My logical mind tells me that this is now necessary. But I still feel that something more has been lost. This is the world we live in. This is the new normal. It still makes me sad.
Today we remember and give thanks to all of those who have given their lives to protect our country and we give thanks to all of those who continue to do this each day. Thank you.