Twenty-one cannon shots resound on the Hill at 11 am on Thursday to commemorate the life and sacrifice of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo killed by terrorists on Canadian soil a year ago .
The ceremony will take place at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, where Corporal Cirillo fell under the bullets of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, later killed inside the parliament, on the morning of October 22. Two days earlier, Corporal Patrice Vincent was caught and killed by another Islamist group, Martin Couture-Roll in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
The event aims to highlight more the courage of the first responders who tried to rescue victims and others who killed the attackers to stop their madness.
The Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, will attend the ceremony along with other dignitaries.
30th Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery will resonate 21 gun, and will be followed by the passage of CF-18 Hornet of the Royal Canadian Air Force in the sky over the capital at 11:20. The planes will cross the training area of homage to the departed, some 500 feet.
“Four C3 howitzers will be positioned near the East Block of Parliament Hill. The public should expect to hear cannon shots from 11 am to 10 second intervals for about 3 minutes, “warns National Defence by statement.
The event will have an impact on traffic in the city center, while several roads will be closed or Elgin Street between Wellington and Albert Streets, Wellington Street eastbound between Mackenzie Avenue and O’Connor Street, Wellington Street westbound between Sussex Drive and Metcalfe Street and Queen Street between Elgin and O’Connor streets. Channels 1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 12, 14, 18 and some 16 trips on the circuit OC Transpo will be diverted.
The RCMP has not strengthened safety despite warnings of possible attacks by radicalized individuals, who had been sent to it less than a week before the attack at the Ottawa parliament last year, CBC said Wednesday.
Twice, on 17 and 18 October, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was recipient of notes of encouragement preventing supported the Islamic State Group (EI) to carry out attacks against Western countries including Canada, according to CBC is based on documents obtained under the Access to Information Act.
The first note of the intelligence service, sent on 17, reported that the “acts of terrorism could occur” and went back low to medium alert level for the first time in 4 years.
18, in a circular, the RCMP itself indicated that the EI group encouraged “jihadis active in the Western world to launch attacks against members of the security forces of the countries involved in the fighting against our troops.”
Also, when Michael Zehaf-Bibeau arrived near the parliament on the morning of October 22, the police were understaffed.
On the theoretically required number of policemen to secure the perimeter of Parliament, where you can find the Premier’s office, 29 policemen were missing, according to the internal investigation report on the events of October.