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Ontario Commemorates 20th Anniversary Of Air India Tragedy

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Ontario Commemorates 20th Anniversary Of Air India Tragedy

Flag On Ontario Government Buildings Flown At Half-Mast

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QUEEN'S PARK -- Twenty years after the downing of Air India Flight 182, Canadians remain saddened by the loss and appalled by the tragedy, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.

"On behalf of all Ontarians, I want to extend our support and sympathy to the families of the victims and to make this commitment: we will never forget," said Premier McGuinty. "We will always remember those precious lives cut short so brutally, and we will continue to stand on guard against hatred, fear and terror. We will always remember Air India Flight 182."

Premier McGuinty joined families of the victims at a ceremony held at the Air India Memorial at Queen's Park, where a tree was planted in 1986 to commemorate the victims of the bombing.

From sunrise to sunset today, flags on Ontario government buildings and federal buildings across the country will fly at half-mast to mark the 20th anniversary of the tragedy.

Three hundred and twenty-nine people, most of them Canadians, died when a bomb exploded aboard Air India Flight 182 above Ireland.

"The terrorist bombing of Flight 182 was an enormous tragedy for all Ontarians and all Canadians -- a loss of so many innocent lives, a loss of innocence itself," said Premier McGuinty.

"We will always remember those we lost and we will remain vigilant in the battle against terrorism."

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