The University of Alberta is having a service to honour the lives of the 13 Edmontonians who lost their lives in the plane crash that happened in Iran. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will speak at the Edmonton memorial for the Iran plane crash victims. The PM will visit, speak, and grieve at the service in the afternoon of Sunday, January 11, joined by representatives from the provincial and municipal governments.

"Canada and the world are in mourning," said Trudeau at an Ottawa press conference on Saturday, January 11. "We join with the families of the victims to mourn... It's a national tragedy."

The event is happening from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Saville Community Sports Centre, with doors opening at 2 p.m.

Trudeau will be joined by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, and University of Alberta President David Turpin. They plan to speak from 3 p.m to 3:30 p.m.

Their speeches will be followed by an Iranian musical ensemble performance. Afterwards, friends and family of those 13 victims will take turns remembering and commemorating their lives. There will also be poetry readings and music will be throughout the service.

Of the 13 confirmed Edmontonians killed in the catastrophe, 10 had ties to the university as students, staff, or faculty.

"Each member of the community will be honoured by friends and colleagues," said Michel Proulx, a spokesperson at the University of Alberta to Narcity.

Free transit on the Capital and Metro LRT Lines is being offered all day for people to attend the memorial. The University's North Campus is also offering all-day free parking for attendees. 

Trudeau has spent the last week visiting the families of victims to speak and cry with those affected.

So far, the event on Facebook shows that 700 people are attending. For those unable to make it, the event will also be live-streamed.

 

 

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