Remembering Lac Megantic, one year later

LAC MEGANTIC, Canada (NEWS CENTER) -- Sunday marks one year since a runaway train derailed and crashed into the center of Lac Megantic.

Over the weekend, ceremonies were held in the small Canadian town, honoring the 47 people who died in the explosion, and the first responders who helped save the rest of the town.

A midnight mass was held Saturday night, followed by a walk from the crash site to the new downtown.

A memorial showcasing the names of the 47 victims was dedicated Sunday in front of St. Agnes Church.

While memorials have been installed along the way to Lac Megantic's new downtown, remnants of the old sit in contamination in what is known as the "red zone." Town officials say while the rebuilding has gone quickly, the psychological recovery has been slow.

"We are trying to rebuild things that are going to stay, that are going to be meaningful to the people of Lac Megantic," said town spokesman Louis Longchamps.

A number of firefighters from Maine departments including Strong, Farmington, Eustis, and Rangeley went up for the memorial dedication and were thanked for their help one year ago.

Rangeley Fire Chief Tim Pellerin was among those present. He said on Sunday, "We're proud that we could come up and be a part to help hopefully soften the pain a bit, share in their recovery and show them that we are supporting them by remembering them."


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