Today a young reserve soldier, Cpl Nathan Cirillo, was shot and killed while guarding the War Memorial Monument in Ottawa, where I live.
My heart goes out to his loved ones. I especially have a soft spot for reservists since I was once in the reserve myself.
This kind of thing doesn't happen in Canada, a peace-loving nation where we can walk freely without fear.
It is especially shocking to happen in Ottawa, a quiet government town. Even now, my husband's building is on lockdown and he doesn't know when he can leave. The gunmen are still wandering around and the whole downtown area is locked down.
These kinds of things don't happen in our peaceful corner of the world. At least that's what I used to think.
It just shows that it can happen anywhere at anytime. We are vulnerable and even more so in these scary times of extremist terrorists with a warped view of the world.
But mostly, I can't help thinking about that innocent young soldier losing his life guarding the memorial for fallen soldiers. Now he is also one of the fallen.
"At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember him."