Young cadet continues to stand guard for Nathan Cirillo at Port Coquitlam cenotaph

This is a dedicated and brave young soldier.

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WATCH: Cadet standing guard – minus uniform

For the second day in a row, a 13-year-old cadet from Port Coquitlam stood guard at the city’s cenotaph in memory of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was shot and killed by a gunman at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday.

Jackson Reid recently joined the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Army Cadet Corps. But even though he is new to the cadets, he was moved by the tragedy and wanted to pay his last respects.

Jackson’s mother Heidi Roggero Reid says her son comes from a long military line and was very touched by the fact Cirillo left behind a young son.

On Friday, Jackson braved the cold weather and stood guard for two hours. He returned Saturday, although he chose not to wear his uniform following a sweeping new directive issued by National Defence instructing troops across the country to stop wearing their uniforms in public.

Jackson says he had…

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