Ontario Commemorates 22nd Anniversary Of Air India Tragedy
New Memorial To Serve As A Permanent Place Of Reverence And Respect
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today joined Canadians in marking a National Day of Remembrance to honour the men, women and children who perished on board Air India Flight 182.
Addressing families of the victims at a ceremony held at Humber Bay Park, Premier McGuinty said:
"Today, you're here to remember your loved ones' faces, their smiles, their laughter and everything they brought to your life. And I sincerely hope that this memorial will help you to remember those things. I also hope this place will help your fellow Canadians to never, ever forget this terrible tragedy."
The Premier made his remarks at the official unveiling of a new memorial commemorating the victims of the bombing, where he also laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Ontario.
The memorial features a sundial and inscription wall bearing 331 names. Three hundred and twenty-nine people, most of them Canadians, died when a bomb exploded on Flight 182 over Ireland and two baggage handlers were killed when a second bomb detonated at Tokyo's Narita Airport.
From sunrise to sunset today, flags on Ontario government buildings and federal buildings across the country will fly at half-mast to mark the 22nd anniversary of the tragedy.
"Make no mistake: what happened was a cowardly act of violence and it was wrong," said Premier McGuinty. "But in spite of it, you've continued to stand tall. You've been there for each other, supported people who've traveled down this difficult road together and lifted one another up, as any loving family would do."