REPORTING · 10th May 2013
Two ceremonies recognizing the International Day of Mourning was held in Kitimat and in Terrace on Sunday, April 28th. In Kitimat, the ceremony began at the Public Safety Building. Two fire fighters lowered the Canadian Flag and the Provincial Flag.
“We had a moment of silence and then we had a walking procession from the fire hall down the highway to Coughlin Park and the newly erected memorial site,” said Benilda Gomes, who represented the Kitimat and Terrace District Labour Council.
Present were labour activists and representatives from the community. There were people who had lost family members due to injury and loss of life.
Included among the speakers were Mayor Joanne Monaghan, Robin Austin, Rick Belmont, Gord Lechnar and Gomes.
“It was to respect and to honor those that have been injured or lost their lives going to, during or coming home from work. When we remember those workers injured or killed on the job, we honour their memory by committing to work together and prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the work place,” said Gomes.
She thanked everyone who was involved in getting the memorial site erected and who attended.