Additional Details Released on Services
Coordination and Planning Secretariat, Flight 111
August 26, 1999 3:10 PM
More details were released today on memorial services planned for
the first anniversary of the crash of Swissair Flight 111.
Lorne Clarke, chair of the Flight 111 Memorial Advisory
Committee, said much thought went into organizing all aspects of
"From the start the families have been an important consideration
in all our planning," said Mr. Clarke. "I hope they find some
measure of comfort in these services."
More than 600 family members are expected to arrive in Nova
Scotia for the services next week.
Details are as follows:
11 a.m. -- Interment and memorial dedication at Bayswater. At the
request of family members, these services will be private.
3:30 p.m. -- Memorial dedication at Whalesback.
Mr. Clarke will make the opening remarks and Rev. Cynthia
Chenard, RCMP chaplain, will read the opening prayer.
Benoit Bouchard, chairman of the Transportation Safety Board,
will then read the inscription on the monument in French, and
Premier John Hamm will read the inscription in English and then
dedicate the memorial.
Rev. Richard Walsh will give the benediction, followed by RCMP
Insp. Andy Arsenault singing Roses on the Rocks, a song written
by local artist Bob Quinn after the Swissair crash.
While Insp. Arsenault is singing, representatives of various
groups will lay roses on each side of the memorial rocks:
- fisherman Robert Conrad
- David Zwicker, St. Margarets Bay Legion and Peggy's Cove Relief
- family member Lanita Hausman
- community volunteers Scott Manuel and Darrell Fralick
- Chris Hubley, ground search and rescue worker
- Lt.-Col. Clyde Russell, Land Force Atlantic Area
- Col. Michael W. Hache, commander, Maritime Air Component
- Chief Robert Murphy, representing local firefighters
- John L. Byrne, Red Cross
- Assistant Commissioner Dwight L. Bishop, commanding officer, H
- Jack Gallagher of the Canadian Coast Guard, representing the
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Closing remarks by Mr. Clarke will conclude the ceremony.
4 p.m. - 7 p.m. -- Commemorative gathering in the Port Royal
Room, World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax. The gathering
provides an opportunity for family members to meet Nova Scotians
who took part in the search, recovery and other operations
following the crash. The gathering was organized at the request
of the families.
Mr. Clarke will make opening remarks at 6 p.m. and Premier Hamm
will officially welcome everyone to the gathering. National and
international heads of state will begin their remarks shortly
Speakers include: Prime Minister Jean Chr‚tien; Ruth Dreifuss,
president of the Swiss Confederation; Jane Garvey, administrator
of the Federal Aviation Administration; Charles Josselin,
minister delegate attached to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
with responsibility for Co-operation and Francophonie, France;
Halifax Mayor Walter Fitzgerald; and RCMP Commissioner Philip
9:30 p.m. -- Interfaith candlelight memorial service, open to the
public, on Citadel Hill, Halifax. The service is being organized
by the local Christian, Jewish and Islamic communities with the
International Association of the Families of Swissair Flight 111.
The gates will open at 9 p.m.
Contact: Miriam Murray
Communications Nova Scotia
Communications Nova Scotia
arc August 26, 1999 3:06 p.m.