BRANDON, MB – A senior administrator at Brandon University with strong connections to the military and police is honouring the solider killed on Parliament Hill in October, with a commemorative seat in the University’s gymnasium.
“Corporal Nathan Cirillo helps us to put a name and face to the thousands who don uniforms in Canada and the US to keep us safe,” says Dr. Andrew Egan, Dean of the Faculty of Science. “In remembering him, we remember all who serve.”
The inscribed seat, purchased during the current Score a Seat fundraising campaign, reads ‘In Memory of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo – The Egans’.
Both Dr. Egan’s father and grandfather were army officers, and his father took part in the D-Day invasion at Normandy in 1944, a turning point in World War ll. His younger sister is a New York City police officer.
“We don’t often think about the men and women who protect us until there’s conflict,” says Dr. Egan. “Events like the shooting on Parliament Hill, and the killing last weekend of two officers in New York City, should be a time for each of us to reflect on the commitment and sacrifice shown by not only those individuals, but all police and peacekeepers.”
“This is a heartfelt gesture,” says Dr. Michael Kim, Acting Associate Vice-President External. “Dr. Egan and his family have created a lasting tribute that is simply the right thing to do.”
Almost 200 University supporters have inscribed seats as part of the Score a Seat campaign, which has raised more than $150,000 for the completion of the Healthy Living Centre.
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