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Beam of light to commemorate 14 women murdered on December 6, 1989

The Kingston skyline will include a single beam of light shining from the parade square of the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) on the evening of December 6, 2019, from approximately 5:10 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The beam is one of 14 that will shine that night from universities across Canada to commemorate the 14 women murdered on December 6, 1989 at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. The lighting of the beams at the universities will be synchronized with 14 similar beams shining over Montreal from the top of Mount Royal, an event that will be broadcast live by Radio-Canada and the CBC as part of a national 30-minute ceremony.

The lighting of the beam at RMC will take place during a simple, sombre, half-hour vigil for students, staff, faculty, and members of the community. It will include the reading of two poems (one in French and one in English) and the reading of the names of those who died. Fourteen officer cadets in uniform will come forward individually to read the name of each victim. Each officer cadet will symbolize the promise lost that tragic day 30 years ago in Montréal and stand as testament that today’s youth do not forget those who died. The ceremony will conclude with a minute of silence and reflection.

Louise Sproule

Louise Sproule has been the publisher of The Review since 1992. A part-time job after high school at The Review got Sproule hooked on community newspapers and all that they represent. She loves to write, has covered every kind of event you can think of, loves to organize community events and loves her small town and taking photographs across the region. She dreams of writing a book one day so she can finally tell all of the town's secrets! She must be stopped! Keep subscribing to The Review . . . or else!

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