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Jackson Reid stands guard in memory of slain soldiers

10/26/2014 12:01 EDT | Updated 12/26/2014 05:59 EST
A 13-year-old boy is standing guard this weekend at the cenotaph in Port Coquitlam in memory of two soldiers slain in terrorist attacks this week.

Jackson Reid, who only became a cadet a month ago, says it is his way of honouring Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, shot and killed at the cenotaph in Ottawa and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, killed in a hit-and-run just outside Montreal, both in targeted attacks.

"I'm basically doing what all soldiers do being respectful and I feel proud when I'm doing it," Reid told CBC News.

Reid has been standing guard for two hours a day since Friday. And he's not alone. All across Canada, veterans and civilians alike are standing in front of cenotaphs.      

Jackson's mother, Heidi Roggio-Reid, says she feels incredibly proud

"It was just his pure intention of showing respect and honouring someone who fell in the line of duty," she said.

Jackson says he's planning on finishing out the weekend on Sunday with another two-hour shift.

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