Wednesday, October 22 marked a day of Canadian unification. Residents of Ottawa in particular showed profound pride in their city. What spurred the sudden resurgence of the #MyOttawa hashtag on Thursday morning? It was a rallying cry against the gunman who stormed Ottawa’s National War Memorial and Parliament on Wednesday, killing a Canadian armed forces member on duty that day.
Canadian authorities pushed a return to normalcy the day following the incident, but Twitter users banded together to share their national pride and support for Ottawa. The #MyOttawa hashtag existed before the event – which Prime Minister Stephen Harper is calling a terrorist attack on the city – but, its use has increased and taken on a new meaning.
The pride of Ottawa residents is quite evident as the hashtag has soared in the past two days. Everyone from current long-time residents to nostalgic summer visitors to those who have since moved away had something to say about their city following the tragedy:
— Jill Woodley (@JillyGoode) October 24, 2014
— April (@aprilcolleen5) October 24, 2014
— John McEwen (@Johnny_McEwen) October 24, 2014
— Trish Koning (@nishgirl23) October 23, 2014
#MyOttawa is strong and we will get through yesterday's tragic incident together. Today is a new day: lets be there for each other.
— Mathieu Fleury (@MathieuFleury) October 23, 2014
Do you feel affected by the attack on the National War Memorial and Parliament? What does #MyOttawa mean to you?