10/24/2014 02:37 EDT | Updated 10/24/2014 02:59 EDT

National War Memorial Honour Guard Resumes Post As Stephen Harper Looks On

OTTAWA — The ceremonial honour guard is resuming its duties at the National War Memorial, less than two days after a deadly shooting claimed the life of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

Hundreds of people gathered around the memorial to pay their respects and catch a glimpse of the proceedings, even though they were not publicized.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was on hand for the ceremony, and even shook some hands among the gathered crowd before greeting the soldiers alongside Gen. Tom Lawson, Canada's chief of the defence staff.

Earlier, the procession carrying Cirillo's body left an Ottawa funeral home for a journey to Toronto along Highway 401, dubbed the Highway of Heroes after many similar voyages during the war in Afghanistan.

Cirillo was killed Wednesday when a gunman shot him at point-blank range as he stood sentry at the memorial. The gunman, Michael Zehaf Bibeau, was himself killed minutes later in a shootout in the Centre Block of Parliament Hill.

Harper on hand as honour guard resumes post at National War Memorial

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