Memorial for Air India bombing victims in Vancouver on June 23

Air India Memorial in Vancouver. Photo by Chandra Bodalia

THE 37th annual memorial for the 329 victims of the terrorist bombing of Air India Flight 182 from Canada off the Irish coast will be held on Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Vancouver in Stanley Park’s Ceperley Playground area.

The bombing resulted in the killing of all 329 crew and passengers (of which 82 were children below the age of 13), including 268 Canadian citizens, 27 British citizens, 22 American citizens and 24 Indian citizens, and remains the worst terrorist attack against Canada. It also remains the biggest aviation disaster after 9/11.

Former MLA Dave Hayer said that this memorial will not only remember the 329 victims of this bombing, but also all their family members as well as two baggage handlers in Narita, Japan, who died when a bomb in the luggage meant for another Air India plane exploded on the same day.

“These horrendous acts live on in the memories of all family members of the victims and these annual memorial ceremonies continue to remind us all that terrorism has no place in a civilized world and that it must be stamped out at all costs,” added Hayer.

Everyone is invited to attend the ceremony. The annual memorials of this tragedy are organized by family members of the victims. For more information on the ceremony, contact Major Sidhu at 604-719-7897. Sidhu’s sister, nephew and niece were killed on Air India Flight 182 on June 23, 1985.

The Air India Memorial in Ceperley Park was unveiled in 2007 to commemorate the worst aviation tragedies in Canadian history, and to stand as a monument against terrorism.



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