October 28, 2014 Paying our Respects

One week ago I watched the news from Ottawa unfold in shock. And along with the rest of the country, I was glued to listening to the coverage (which was excellently done!) of the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo.

And then to hear he was from Hamilton! That hit home again – he was from here. Made it so much more personal.

When the body came from Ottawa last week I wasn’t able to go. And I regretted not attending.

When they had open visitation for the public I wasn’t able to go. And I regretted not attending.

I try to live with no regrets – so last minute, I decided I needed to go to the funeral processional today. And it wasn’t just that I wanted to – it felt like a “need”. A way to say “thank you”.

I pulled my daughter out of school for the morning (my other daughter was away on a field trip) and we had – what I like to call – a “real life field trip”. I am a big supporter of education – but recognize not all education can take place inside the walls of a school.

As we headed out the door, on a whim I grabbed my camera. I’m so glad I did as it was such a powerful experience. I realize not everyone is able to attend – so I was happy to be their “eyes” for them – it was an honour.

Rest in Peace Nathan Cirillo.

I love that Hamilton has had it’s patriotism rejuvenated through this experience. Every city bus had “Lest We Forget” on them. Flags everywhere – and those on poles at half mast. People were decked out in Canada attire and red and white.

IMG 9633 zps186d9c01 Paying our Respects

IMG 9803 zps726434aa Paying our Respects

IMG 9805 zps5c66fdf0 Paying our Respects

And then the processional began. The atmosphere was a mix of sadness over such an untimely death, and pride for our country and our uniformed servants.

IMG 9635 zpsbf125f36 Paying our Respects

IMG 9641 zps67e5a6aa Paying our Respects

IMG 9653 zpsfbae891c Paying our Respects

IMG 9665 zps8b0bd29f Paying our Respects

IMG 9668 zps140bdbd2 Paying our Respects

In the back of this photo I realized after is Nathan’s son – wearing his daddy’s hat.

IMG 9687 zpsd0034455 Paying our Respects

IMG 9681 zps20e32f33 Paying our Respects

IMG 9704 zps3415f208 Paying our Respects

IMG 9662 zpsd0a2ba9b Paying our Respects

IMG 9690 zpsa70950a9 Paying our Respects

IMG 9696 zpscf11aeab Paying our Respects

IMG 9735 zps862568f0 Paying our Respects

IMG 9717 zps02751bda Paying our Respects

IMG 9714 zps8a430b84 Paying our Respects

IMG 9715 zpsf5ddc2d4 Paying our Respects

IMG 9746 zps109f7930 Paying our Respects

IMG 9728 zpsadc0bbe4 Paying our Respects

IMG 9730 zpsaba53fce Paying our Respects

IMG 9729 zpsbbbfbf39 Paying our Respects

IMG 9763 zps74720167 Paying our Respects

IMG 9758 zps34d4d5d7 Paying our Respects

IMG 9757 zpsab93c451 Paying our Respects

IMG 9781 zps567c86ae Paying our Respects

IMG 9739 zpsd776ee20 Paying our Respects

IMG 9745 zpse1f5f4ef Paying our Respects

IMG 9759 zps2451e791 Paying our Respects

IMG 9703 zpsb06e266d Paying our Respects

As we left I looked back – and as far as I could see – was a sea of uniforms. And I got a little choked up. And then this plane from the Warplane Heritage flew over just as we got to our car.

IMG 9792 zpsa53e4603 Paying our Respects

IMG 9799 zpsdb7bbdc3 Paying our Respects

Tonight, hours later we opened the door to head out and saw double rainbows! Eden cried out “Look, mom! Lest we forget!” When we got in the car she said “Mom! I have to find the right song for this moment.” She put on “If I Die Young” – and belted out these lyrics as we looked at the rainbow:

“Lord make me a rainbow, I’ll shine down on my mother
She’ll know I’m safe with you when she stands under my colors
Oh, and, life ain’t always what you think it ought to be, no
Ain’t even grey, but sheburies her baby

The sharp knife of a short life
Oh well, I’ve had just enough time

If I die young, bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song”

10616589 10152828480982629 9173429913602373803 n zps12cc2f20 Paying our Respects

Celebrating life and love,

Krista

One Response to “Paying our Respects”

  1. Marie says:

    Thank you for posting these photos….impressive and poignant …..God sending the rainbows , at the end of the day….amazing.

Leave a Reply to Marie