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Memorials To mark Swissair Wreck

April 9, 1999

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) _ The Nova Scotia government will set up three memorials for the 229 people killed in the crash of Swissair Flight 111.

Following months of public consultation, the government has decided on memorials at three sites in and around St. Margaret’s Bay, not far from where the plane crashed into the Atlantic last September, killing all on board.

Premier Russell MacLellan told the provincial legislature Friday that one memorial will be put up in Bayswater, another near Peggy’s Cove, and a third on the water at the actual crash site.

``The three sites will signify the cooperative effort of the communities involved in the aftermath of the crash,″ MacLellan said. ``Each land memorial will remain faithful to the integrity and natural beauty of the areas, a place to rest and reflect.″

After the jet went down off Peggy’s Cove, many fishermen took to the water in a desperate search for any survivors. A massive campaign to assist emergency workers was later mounted by local volunteers.

The province is also planning a memorial service for Sept. 2 to mark the anniversary of the crash.

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