Lac Megantic memorial service draws large crowd

9:00 PM, Jul 27, 2013   |    comments
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Lac Megantic, QUEBEC (NEWS CENTER) -- Thousands of people flocked to Lac Megantic, Quebec on Saturday for a memorial service to honor the 47 killed and those still missing after a train derailed and crashed into the center of town.

Among those in attendance at the service at St. Agnes church, Governor Paul LePage, who sat just behind Prime Minister Stephen Harper during the ceremony.

Lepage says he wanted to be there because this rail line affects both sides of the border, and this disaster hits close to home.

An estimated 2,000 people crowded outside the church to watch the service on large screens.  In the backdrop, a tanker still sits on the tracks and black fencing hides the devastation of downtown.

The firefighters who battled that July 7th blaze and Lac Megantic police stood in line, honoring the family members who lost loved ones that night as they walked out of the church, showing this community stands together.


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