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Today marks the 7th anniversary of the Lac-Megantic rail disaster

Today marks the 7th anniversary of the Lac-Megantic rail disaster
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It's been seven years since a run-a-way train exploded, destroying a large part of the town. There are plans to honor the 47 victims of the tragedy today by inaugurating a long-planned memorial space.

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.

Given the pandemic, the inauguration will be broadcast on Facebook, the Church bells in town will ring at noon, and CP has made sure that no trains will run through Lac-Megantic today.

As per tradition, the bells of Ste-Agnes Church will ring at noon in tribute to the victims.

The city says it has obtained written confirmation from Canadian Pacific Railway that no train will run on Lac-Megantic on July 6th.

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