A solemn group gathered at Queen’s Park on Thursday to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the bombing of Air India Flight 182, the worst terrorist act ever committed against Canadians.
The aircraft, carrying 329 people, was blown out of the sky by Khalistan separatist terrorists on June 23, 1985.
Everyone on board (including 280 Canadians) died.
This day is designated as National Foundation Day for Canada’s victims of terrorism. The flag was half-mast and similar memorial services for Air India passengers were held nationwide.
The details of the losses of those affected by the terror bombing are disastrous.
Dr. Bal Gupta, 84, chair of the Air India 182 Victims and Family Association, spoke at a commemorative event on Thursday, reminding us of the deaths from all Canadian states except PEI.
“They came from almost all religious backgrounds, including atheists, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Bahai, Muslims, Sikhs, and Zoroastrians,” he said. Mentioned 86 children under the age of 29, a family of 29. Completely wiped out — parents and all their children died — 32 men and women are forever alone, their spouse and all children are gone, and two children are left by the event isolated.
Dr. Gupta, a physicist, lost his wife and became the single parent of two boys, 12 and 18 years old. His eldest son accompanied him on Thursday.
It took 20 years for Canada to truly realize what happened. It took 15 years to start an unsuccessful criminal trial.
“When I think about it alone, I sometimes don’t know how to get over it … it was very difficult for many people,” said Dr. Gupta.
“The family supported each other, but it was a difficult battle.”
As he said later that day, “The person in charge is still free to roam in Canada and elsewhere.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement in honor and sympathy for those who lost their loved ones, but no state leader accepted the invitation to the ceremony.
No one received the call at the Prime Minister’s Office, Gupta said.
Deepak Kandelwar, also spoken on Thursday, became an only child when his two sisters, the talented scholars Chandra and Manju Kandelwar, died on Air India 182.
He was more open on political subjects, emphasizing the importance of this opportunity, adding: It’s a sign of contempt. “
Apoorva Srivastava, the Consulate General of India in Toronto, dedicated a wreath to the Queen’s Park monument and spoke to a small crowd.
This year, the famous Air India sundial monument in Etobicoke is closed to groups of 10 or more as Humber Bay Park East is currently undergoing refurbishment.
Group gathers to commemorate the anniversary of the Air India attack
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