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It’s rare, in a country so large, that we feel truly connected to the cities and people around us. But in the 24 hours following the Parliament Hill shooting, every Canadian was standing firmly with Ottawa. Every Canadian was keeping Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the 24-year-old reservist killed while guarding the National War Memorial, in their thoughts. Never in recent history have we come together with such resolve in the face of such a horrific incident. That sentiment was echoed across the entire country:

As we banded together against a common threat, our collective pride only grew:

Our politicians came out swinging with inspirational words of their own. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall spoke of the incident after the fall throne speech.

“Those who perpetrated the attack no doubt are motivated by a hatred that is very strong,” he said. “They should know this: Our resolve is stronger. Our strength is greater. Our freedoms have faced threats before, and our nation has always prevailed.”

For many, it was difficult to understand why anyone would want to attack Canada in the first place.

As for the rest of the nation, they offered condolences for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who died literally standing on guard for us:

And when he addressed the nation on Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Stephen Harper echoed its citizens: “We will not be intimidated.”

“Canada will never be intimidated.”