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Friday, 10 November 2017

At peace

There aren’t many trees here, just a few conifers, rocks and shrubs.




The earth is red with autumn colour.





The shoreline presents granite to the ocean which embraces and cheers the meeting. It is part of the rhythm of this place. 





A short distance away lies Peggy's Cove. 




My husband and I are at a memorial to Swissair Flight 111. 




On September 2, 1998, all 229 passengers and crew died when flammable material caught fire near the ceiling at the rear of the cockpit. Fire spread and affected the aircraft systems and the cockpit environment. The aircraft was doomed.


Eight kilometers from this spot, the plane hit the water with a force 35 times that of gravity. One can imagine what such force did to the plane and the people. A rescue mission soon became a recovery effort as the depth of the tragedy became obvious. It took five years for the report on the accident to be finalized. 




The monument looks out over St. Margaret’s Bay. It has two large granite stones with inscriptions and granite benches out front. The location looks out to the crash site off shore. One stone has cuts to signify the flight number 111. 



This is a solemn place where natural elements inspire peace of mind and heart.







32 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

It's a beautiful memorial of a very sad event.

Shammickite said...

Yes, I visited here. A very solemn place, quiet and peaceful.

DJan said...

Thank you for allowing me to visit this memorial, Marie. It's a beautiful place.

Anvilcloud said...

Nice collection of photos from various points of view.

Debbie said...

a beautiful memorial...what a sad and tragic event!!!

Linda d said...

That is a lovely memorial and in a beautiful spot.

Barbara said...

Beautiful place for such a sad event.

Elephant's Child said...

Such a beautiful, and appropriate, place for a memorial. Somewhere for all to remember...

bill burke said...

A beautiful memorial, a very peaceful place to reflect and remember.

Catarina said...

A beautiful place indeed.
The second pic is lovely.
Have a great weekend.
: )

Rhodesia said...

We are just off to WWII memorial in the local village. Just too many memorials around the world. Love your photos as always. Enjoy the weekend Diane

Tomoko said...

That was a very sad event.The beautiful monument in the quiet view.
Have a good day,Marie.

Marie Smith said...

It is indeed, Debra.

Marie Smith said...

I wanted to see this place as I remembered the event so vividly, Shammi.

Marie Smith said...

The setting is peaceful and nature feels healing there, Jan.

Marie Smith said...

Thank, AC.

Marie Smith said...

It really was, Debbie!

Marie Smith said...

The memorial is fitting to the location, Linda.

Marie Smith said...

It is a healing place, Barbara.

Marie Smith said...

The area invites you into nature, EC. So appropriate for the memorial.

Marie Smith said...

Indeed it is, Bill.

Marie Smith said...

It was impossible to capture the real beauty of the place, Catarina.

Marie Smith said...

I love to see the war memorials in the communities we visit, Diane.

Marie Smith said...

The setting is special there, Tomoko.

jenny_o said...

I hope that those involved in the recovery can find peace there as well. It was a difficult job. Beautiful pictures, Marie.

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Such a tragedy, but a beautiful memorial erected in their memory. Such an incredible place of beauty to visit!

Anonymous said...

Such a thoughtful memorial for such a terrible tragedy. I know it must be a very special place especially for the family members of those lost.

The Furry Gnome said...

Such a sad night to remember!

Marie Smith said...

I cannot imagine what the recovery effort were like, Jenny. Those people deserve more than we could ever repay.

Marie Smith said...

It is an incredible place, Marilyn.

Marie Smith said...

I imagine that memorial has comforted many over the years, Mildred.

Marie Smith said...

It was indeed, FG.