Brenda Fitzgerald and Eldon Cooper had planned a 1 p.m. moment of silence in their Tillsonburg driveway Friday afternoon.
After seeing the morning news, and the RCMP and National Police Federation’s request for people across Canada to wear red in honour of the victims of the mass shooting in Nova Scotia on April 18-19, they considered expanding their tribute into the neighbourhood.
Fitzgerald invited friends and neighbours to join them on Wilson Avenue – maintaining safe social distancing space. Some residents of Edwin Crescent also participated on their street a couple of blocks away.
“All week I’ve been wearing this Nova Scotia tartan because we lived in Nova Scotia for a while, and it’s really hit us hard,” said Fitzgerald, who is originally from the Port Dover area and moved to Tillsonburg about five years ago.
“We were from the south shore, but I called a neighbour who, of course, knows someone who has about four connections to various people who have been affected. And that was just my call to the neighbour. We had heard it in the morning, that there was someone in a police cruiser, obviously a mock-up police cruiser… and it’s just been devastating all week.