Lac-Megantic to mark seventh anniversary of 2013 rail disaster with memorial site

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Lac-Megantic will mark the seventh anniversary of a tragic rail disaster that claimed 47 lives by inaugurating a long-planned memorial space.
     
On July 6, 2013, a runaway train hauling tanker cars loaded with volatile crude oil barrelled into the town of 6,000, derailed and exploded, destroying a large part of the Quebec town's downtown area.
     
The memorial, which has taken three years to construct, will be set up at the site of the former Musi-Cafe in the heart of the city, where staff and patrons made up many of the victims.
     
The project, designed by architects Pierre Thibault and Jerome Lapierre, was created with the objective of everyone being able to remember, in their own way, the community-changing event, the city said in a statement.
     
Given the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing measures, the inauguration will be broadcast on Facebook, with several guests attending in person and residents invited to visit in the days and weeks to come.
     
As per tradition, the bells of Ste-Agnes Church will ring at noon in tribute to the victims.