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Statement by the outgoing prime minister commemorating the events of October 2014 

Ottawa – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to commemorate the events of October 2014:

“One year ago today, terrorist attacks were carried out against fellow Canadians at hallowed national sites of commemoration and democracy.

“Let us pause on this date to remember Corporal Nathan Cirillo who fell while standing guard at the National War Memorial as well as those injured on Parliament Hill. Let us also remember the deadly assault on Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was targeted simply for wearing his uniform two days earlier in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Canadians continue to honour and remember these proud members of our Canadian Armed Forces.

“On this day let us also pay tribute to all the security forces, medical personnel and brave citizens who risked their safety to stop the attackers and help those injured.

“It was inspiring to see how Canadians came together in the aftermath of these attacks, offering each other support, condemning terrorism, and showing the courage and resolve that make our country great.

“As we remember the victims and heroes on this sombre anniversary, let us be thankful for the freedom and peace we continue to enjoy in Canada.”

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