Toronto: Canada has unveiled a special
memorial for the victims of the 1985 Air India bombing that
killed 329 people, mostly of Indian origin, to mark the 26th
anniversary of the Kanishka tragedy.
The fourth Air India memorial was unveiled in Lachine,
Quebec, as Indo-Canadians yesterday remembered the victims of
the worst terror case in the country`s history when Air India
Flight 182 exploded off the Irish coast on June 23, 1985.
A special ceremony was held at Lachine where Narinder
Chauhan, Deputy High Commissioner of India in Canada, unveiled
the fourth Air India memorial.
It is built on a slight hill looking out towards Lake
St. Louis, providing a peaceful place to remember and reflect.
Endorsed by the families of the victims, this project
is supported by the government of Canada and built on a land
provided by Parks Canada.
Memorial services were also held in Toronto and Ottawa
where hundreds of people, including politicians, diplomats and
family members of the victims, gathered to pay homage to those
who lost their lives.
The 329 killed in the tragedy included 280 Canadian
citizens, mostly of Indian birth or descent, and 22 Indians.