10/28/2014 05:00 EDT | Updated 12/27/2014 05:59 EST

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's funeral: What you need to know

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was gunned down while standing guard at the National War Monument in Ottawa, will be honoured today with a regimental funeral in his hometown of Hamilton.

The funeral at Christ's Church Cathedral in Hamilton is for family and invited guests only, but the public can pay respects by observing the procession that carries the soldier's body through downtown Hamilton to the church. 

CBC News Network will provide coverage of the funeral beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET. will also live stream the events.

Thousands are expected to line the streets of Hamilton to be part of the ceremony. Here is what you need to know if you plan to observe the events in person or online.


The procession route for Cirillo's funeral will be open to the public, beginning at the Argyll Commemorative Pavilion at Bayfront Park at 10:30 a.m. ET before heading south along Bay Street North, east along York Boulevard and north along James Street North, concluding at Christ’s Church Cathedral.

Cirillo's casket will be carried by pallbearers. A flag, his belt, a bayonet and Cirillo's Argylls badge will be placed on top, said Col. Geordie Elms, the mayor's senior adviser of military heritage and protocol and a former commanding officer of the Argylls.

An escort will lead that procession, and a party of about 40 people will follow behind, along with the rest of the regiment.


Public attendance at the church will be restricted to family members and invited guests only.

The service will be conducted in the funeral rites of the Anglican Church of Canada. Rev. Rob Fead will conduct the service. The readings chosen for the service are: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Psalm 23 and Matthew 5:1-12a.

Live stream

Other military units, service members and members of the public who want to view the funeral service can do so through a video link at FirstOntario Centre, 101 York Blvd. 

CBC News Network will be providing extensive coverage of the funeral beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET. will also be live streaming the event.

Who will be there

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau are expected to be in Hamilton on Tuesday for the funeral service. 

Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina said he expects the dignitaries to include Premier Kathleen Wynne, a number of MPs and members of the Ontario Legislature and Lieutenant-Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell. He said some American military and political dignitaries may attend as well.

Road closure

A large portion of downtown Hamilton will be closed to traffic because of the events. Those planning to attend are encouraged to take transit.

There is no parking or stopping on the following roads from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

- York Boulevard between Hess Street North and James Street North.

- James Street North between York Boulevard and Barton Street.

- Hughson Street North between Cannon Street and Barton Street.

- Bay Street North between Bayfront and King Street West. 

What else to expect

There will be heightened security measures, including restrictions on bags and backpacks for observers.