10/24/2014 02:59 EDT | Updated 10/27/2014 08:59 EDT

Canada Honours Nathan Cirillo On The Highway Of Heroes (PHOTOS)

Canadians have gathered along the Highway of Heroes to honour the sacrifice made by Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

Cirillo was murdered Wednesday in an attack on the heart of the nation's capital in which gunfire echoed through the halls of Parliament.

On Friday, Canadians came together on windy overpasses and crowded shoulders as Cirillo's body made its way home to Hamilton and his family.

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While police have warned motorists not to stop along the highway, the hearse carrying Cirillo's body has been met with a crush of Canadians.

Firefighters have erected massive cranes to carry the Maple Leaf.

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Members of the emergency services are also paying tribute.

As are politicians

And dogs (who he cared so much about)

And his fellow soldiers.

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May we never forget his sacrifice

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And that of his family.

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Kathy Cirillo, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's mother, follows the casket carrying her son, two days after he was shot dead by a gunman while guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa. (Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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