TORONTO – Canadians took to social media Friday to mourn and honour fallen soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo as he made his final journey home along the Highway of Heroes.
The procession left Ottawa around 1:30 p.m., escorted by Hamilton Police and members of Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, among others.
People lined overpasses along Hwy. 401 to pay their respects to the 24-year-old who was shot and killed after a gunman opened fire in the nation’s capital Wednesday.
Here’s a look at some of the reaction and photos from social media as Cpl. Cirillo makes his final journey home.
@OttFire unbelievably emotional! #OttawaStrong pic.twitter.com/5BVqCmF2OW
— John A. McDonald (@jafmcdonald) October 24, 2014
so much respect for everyone waiting at all bridges on the way to hamilton for Nathan Cirillo’s return #ottawastrong pic.twitter.com/fNPv48WfZm
— Emmaa (@simpsssss) October 24, 2014
#OttawaStrong good crowd here on the overpass in Maitland! RIP Cpl. Cirillo pic.twitter.com/u8ytBXLpNS
— IntheBigInning (@Canadiancoates) October 24, 2014
People already gathering in Whitby.
— Brett Sinclair (@sinc71) October 24, 2014
Highway of Heroes 🍁 #OttawaStrong #RIPNathanCirillo pic.twitter.com/TK75B9eudO
— MegGal (@meganhgallagher) October 24, 2014
#rip #highwayofheroes #ProudToBeCanadian pic.twitter.com/PvyzicIEH7
— Craig J (@jackayson) October 24, 2014
Carry me home down the highway of heroes #RIPNathanCirillo #HighwayOfHeroes
— Everett Hanmer (@Everetthanmer) October 24, 2014
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