Our teenage son recently joined The Royal Canadian Air Cadets.
He was reluctant at first but agreed to enroll. We thought it would be a great experience for him - he would learn many things and learn how to fly.
This program also builds confidence and leadership skills. It will also give him a sense of purpose and pride to serve his community.
As this week's stunning events unfolded in the nation's capital in Ottawa.
It struck a chord in the hearts of all Canadians.
A young soldier, who stood on honorary guard at the National War Memorial was shot from behind. This sacred monument represents honour, bravery and the ultimate sacrifice from Canadians who fought in past World Wars. In 2000, the Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was added to the memorial. Again, to symbolize the sacrifice of every Canadian who died for their country in conflicts around the world.
And yet, this soldier had fallen there.
Corporal Nathan Cirillo was a father, dog lover and who dreamed of becoming a full-time soldier.
He joined as a cadet when he was just 13 years old.
My son is 14.
Too close to home.
While the country mourns, and citizens gather around the National War Memorial to pay their respects.
We think of our veterans and those who serve in uniform to keep our country safe. We are proud and forever grateful for your service.
Our freedom shouldn't be taken for granted.
It should be cherished.