Humber Bay Park, Toronto: Kanishka Air India Memorial site
Humber Bay Park in Toronto, Canada was in news on 16 April 2015 as Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid tributes to the victims of the Air India Flight 182 bombings at the Kanishka Air India Memorial site situated there.
The memorial was unveiled on 22 June 2007 in the memory of victims of the 23 June 1985 terrorist attack on Air India Flight 182 or Emperor Kanishka.
The memorial features a sundial, the base of which consists of stones from all provinces and territories of Canada, as well as the countries of the other victims.
The sundial is designed in such a way that its shadow touches a precise spot at 8.13 am on 23 June every year, indicating the time of the attack.
The memorial also includes a wall, oriented towards Ireland and bearing the names of all the 329 victims and two baggage handlers killed at the same time by an associated bomb at the Narita Airport in Japan.
The memorial is built in Toronto because majority of the bombing victims were the residents of the city.
About the Kanishka Incident
The Air India Flight 182 or Emperor Kanishka was gunned down in the Ireland air space over the Atlantic Ocean when it was flying from Montreal to London en route to New Delhi killing all the 329 people on board. It was Canada’s worst terror incident in the recent history. Out of 329 people killed in the incident 268 were citizens of Canada of which majority were of Indian descent, 27 Britons, and 24 Indians.
When: 16 April 2015