Blue Bird victims finally get memorial

John Kenney/The Gazette

It was a very moving sight. I happened to find myself at Union and Cathcart Streets today at about 1:30 pm. The official ceremony unveiling the memorial to those who lost their lives forty years ago today in the Blue Bird Cafe and Wagon Wheel arson was over but several attendees remained to catch up with others.

Family members and survivors milled about and hugged. Although it was a public setting, I felt I was intruding on a very private moment as I strolled by, and could not help but call to mind scenes of people at the Vietnam memorial Wall in Washington.

There is no point in going on about why it took forty years to commemorate the tragic loss; suffice to say a wrong has been righted.

The Gazette has a piece on the event including a video.

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DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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