Ceremony to mark death of soldier Patrice Vincent, who was slain in terror attack

Ceremony to mark death of soldier Patrice Vincent, who was slain in terror attack

Main pic: Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent is pictured in a National Defence handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, DND.

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Que. — A Canadian Forces soldier struck and killed by a jihadist sympathizer in a terror attack will be honoured on the first anniversary of his death.

A ceremony will be held for Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent on Tuesday — one year to the day he was run down and killed by Martin Couture-Rouleau, a radicalized Quebec man, in a parking lot in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

The Royal Canadian Legion in that town has announced it is holding an event in his honour near the site of the attack and that Vincent’s family and friends will attend.

A banner depicting Vincent will be unfurled, while at Parliament a calligrapher will pen his name into the Book of Remembrance.

In a private ceremony at the Legion, Vincent will also be posthumously given the Hal Rogers Fellow Award to commemorate his sacrifice.

Vincent, a 28-year veteran who served with distinction across the country, was only in the town just south of Montreal that day to assist a fellow member of the military who wanted to visit a Veterans Affairs service centre.

Vincent was working as a member of the military’s personnel support staff in the IT department at 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Saint-Hubert, near Montreal.

After striking Vincent, Couture-Rouleau triggered a police chase and was ultimately killed by police following what authorities have called an Islamic State-inspired attack.

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, killed just two days later during an attack on Parliament, was given the Hal Rogers Fellow Award last February.

The Canadian Press

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