On May 18th, 2023, MP MacGregor introduced Private Member’s Bill C-333 that seeks to annually mark October 22nd as “Peacetime Service and Sacrifice Memorial Day” to commemorate the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members who have made the ultimate sacrifice while on Canadian soil during peacetime.
Every year, on Remembrance Day, Canadians are proud to honour the Canadian service members who have fallen in combat, but what’s often overlooked is the number of service men and women who sacrifice their lives while on Canadian soil. Similar to the recognition that fallen CAF members receive every year on Remembrance Day, Bill C-333 seeks to distinctively honour the more than 2,400 CAF members who have lost their lives in non-combat roles on Canadian soil.
On October 22, 2014, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a Canadian soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, was shot and killed. Since then, every year, Bob Collins, a former member of the Queen’s Own Primary Reserve infantry regiment in Winnipeg, and current member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 134 (Malahat), stands at attention at the Cobble Hill cenotaph. MacGregor's bill also calls for the Canadian flag on the Peace Tower in Ottawa to be lowered at half-mast every year, on October 22nd.
Alistair Introduces the Peacetime Service and Sacrifice Memorial Day Act in the House of Commons