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Cpl. Nathan Cirillo: Mourning continues with visitation, regimental funeral

10/26/2014 10:34 EDT | Updated 12/26/2014 05:59 EST
Canadians continue to mourn Cpl. Nathan Cirillo as public and private visitations are scheduled, and plans for his funeral are underway.

The reservist from Hamilton was shot and killed while standing guard at the National War Memorial at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday.

A private visitation for his family is scheduled Sunday night, but a public visitiation for the 24-year-old is scheduled for Monday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Markey-Dermody funeral home on King Street East.

A regimental funeral for Cirillo is scheduled for Tuesday, and he is to be buried in a field of honour at a Hamilton cemetery.

Cirillo's funeral is slated to close a large portion of downtown Hamilton to traffic as the procession carries his body to Christ's Church Cathedral on James Street North. 

The following boundary will be closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday: Queen St. to Stewart St.; Strachan St. to John St.; John St. to Wilson St.; Queen St. to York Blvd. York Blvd. will also be closed from Dundurn St., east to John St.

The procession route will be open to the public, beginning at Bayfront Park at 11 a.m. before it proceeds south along Bay Street North, east along York Boulevard and north along James Street North. 

The cathedral will be open only to family and invited guests. Other military units, service members and the public who want to view the funeral service can do so through a video link at FirstOntario Centre, 101 York Blvd.

A week of mourning

Cirillo was a reservist with the Hamilton-based Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment.

On Friday, a procession carrying his body drew thousands of Canadians to highway overpasses and Main Street in Hamilton. Mourners waved flags and sang the national anthem as his body travelled from Ottawa to Hamilton.

Memorials have sprung up in several places in Hamilton, the largest of which is a shrine outside of the Argylls' base, the Armoury on James Street North.

The NHL honoured the slain soldier with simultaneous tributes at three separate games in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. Canadian forces members, including several from Cirillo's Hamilton regiment, opened the ceremony. A moment of silence was observed before tens of thousands of fans in all three stadiums sang the national anthem.

- POINT OF VIEW: What it's like to hear a city mourn

Cirillo's family issued a statement Friday evening thanking Canadians for their support.

Gunman Michael Zehaf Bibeau was shot dead by Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms of the House of Commons, after he entered Centre Block through the front doors.

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