In the wake of the tragic and shocking death of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in November, 2015 at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, many organizations made proposals to hold events, or name public places in memory of this young reserve soldier, from the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, in Hamilton, ON. The local Boots 4 Pups committee was one of almost 400 groups, communities or entities that presented proposals for consideration. The committee asked Citadel Canine if they could request naming approval for a special event in Ottawa. A screening committee based in Hamilton reviewed the proposals, and in the Spring of 2016 permission was granted to hold a special annual event based in Ottawa. This event would be called The Cpl Nathan Cirillo Memorial Cup. It would be a water-craft event, and was supported by input from Canoe Kayak Canada, and the Rideau Canoe Club. Based at the Rideau Canoe Club at Mahone Bay along the Rideau River, this event has now successfully completed its second year of operation, and in the years to come it will emerge as a major public participation event in Ottawa. Here are some of the many photos from the first two years of this event:
Thank you to everyone who came out to support the 2nd Annual Cpl Nathan Cirillo Memorial Cup Challenge on September 30, 2017!
In 2017 we were very happy to be joined by The Osgoode Royal Canadian Legion, the Kiwanis Club of Rideau, the Military Family Resource Centres (MFRC) from Toronto and Ottawa, the Ottawa Fire Service, the National Capital Region, and the Tau Kappa Epislon fraternity from Carleton University.
Thanks to our wonderful photographer, Michael Anderson, for these great images!
The Centretown News (Ottawa) and Canadian Military Families covered the 2017 event and you can read their news items here:
Canadian Military Families also provided coverage of this event and our cause here.