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Le­gion Dis­gusted and Dis­mayed at Ottawa Ci­ti­zen Ar­ti­cle

The Royal Cana­dian Le­gion is ded­i­cated to up­hold and per­pet­u­ate the honor and sac­ri­fices of the men and women who served and died for our coun­try… to en­sure Canada never for­gets.

Yet, on Oc­to­ber 3, I was ab­horred to find a fea­ture ar­ti­cle on the front page of the Ottawa Ci­ti­zen that went against the very ten­ants of Honor and Re­mem­brance of a fallen sol­dier. It was with the great­est of dis­gust and dis­may that I saw, on the front page, top fold of the na­tion’s cap­i­tal`s news­pa­per, a story and pho­to­graphs of Cor­po­ral Nathan Cir­illo’s killer in the midst of com­mit­ting the deadly act at the Na­tional War Me­mo­rial. The story fo­cused on how the at­tack was cap­tured on cam­era, with ex­plicit de­tail and im­ages of the killer in ac­tion. The story glo­ri­fied the ac­tions of a killer.

In this day and age, with ter­ror­ism and vi­o­lence es­ca­lat­ing, me­dia has an un­de­ni­able in­flu­ence and re­spon­si­bil­ity in what and how mes­sages of these acts are con­veyed. Mes­sages and im­ages that fo­cus on ter­ror­ists only achieve to am­plify their ef­forts by giv­ing them max­i­mum pub­lic­ity and may en­cour­age fu­ture at­tacks. To give ANY at­ten­tion to this murderer and to be so ir­re­spon­si­ble in pub­lish­ing those pho­tos only serves to sen­sa­tion­al­ize a tragic in­ci­dent and bring im­mense pain to the fam­ily and friends of Nathan Cir­illo. As we ap­proach the an­niver­sary of this tragic at­tack, at­ten­tion should only be given to the courage, ded­i­ca­tion and ser­vice of Cpl Cir­illo, hon­ored Vet­eran of The Ar­gyll and Suther­land Highlanders of Canada.

Our heart goes out to the griev­ing fam­ily and friends in the wake of this ar­ti­cle, and the Le­gion for­ever hon­ors and Re­mem­bers Cor­po­ral Nathan Cir­illo and all of Canada’s fallen Vet­er­ans for their ser­vice and sac­ri­fice.

Lest We For­get

Tom Eagles

Do­min­ion Pres­i­dent

The Royal Cana­dian Le­gion

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