Swissair Memorial Recommendation Approved
April 9, 1999 10:41 AM
Three locations will form a memorial to remember the victims of
Swissair Flight 111 and to recognize the co-operative efforts of
Nova Scotians in the aftermath of the crash.
Premier Russell MacLellan has approved a recommendation to
establish the memorial at the Whalesback, an area about 500
metres west of Peggy's Cove on the east side of St. Margarets
Bay, and at Bayswater on the bay's west side. The actual crash
site about 11 kilometres off Peggy's Cove will also be designated
as a special place.
In a statement to the legislature today, Premier MacLellan
stressed the importance of a memorial to those who died and also
to honour the people of Nova Scotia who helped out in the days
and weeks after the crash Sept. 2, 1998.
"This memorial will represent the special relationship that the
people of Nova Scotia have with the victims' families and with
each other because of the tragedy," said Premier MacLellan. "We
hope it will offer a place of comfort for all who were touched by
the tragedy, a place to remember the effort of the people of our
province, and a place to reflect on the value of life."
Former chief justice Lorne Clarke, chair of the Flight 111
Memorial Advisory Committee, recommended the sites after
consulting with families of the victims, the people of the St.
Margarets Bay area, and others from across Nova Scotia and
Canada. He thanked those who offered suggestions to the committee
and said he was touched by the heartfelt response from all who
"Many people came forward with ideas for location and design that
were well researched and well thought out," said Mr. Clarke. "I
hope the memorial will reflect these ideas and gives people some
degree of comfort."
The Memorial Advisory Committee was also asked to determine how
unidentifiable remains of victims should be interred. The
committee expects to make a decision within a few weeks.
Premier MacLellan also announced a memorial service for the
victims of Flight 111 will take place on Sept. 2, the anniversary
of the crash. Details of the service are being planned.
The next step for the Memorial Advisory Committee is to determine
the design of the memorial. A request for proposal will be issued
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The memorial for the victims of Swissair Flight 1-11
will be in three locations around St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia.
One site will be at the Whalesback, an area about 500
metres west of Peggy's Cove on the east side of St.
The second will be at Bayswater, on the bay's west side.
And the third will be the crash site itself, about 11
kilometres off Peggy's Cove.
Former chief justice Lorne Clarke, chair of the
Flight 1-11 Memorial Advisory Committee made the recommendation
after receiving input from around the world.
It decided on the three locations because the memorial
is not only to remember the victims of the crash, but the
co-operation of communities around St. Margarets Bay afterward.
The next step now will be to decide on the actual
design of the memorial.
Contact: Margaret Murphy
ngr April 9, 1999 10:41 a.m.