Proclamation Requesting to Observe January 8 of Every Year as a National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Air Disasters
ELIZABETH THE SECOND, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories QUEEN, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.
Nathalie G. Drouin
Deputy Attorney General
Great Seal of Canada
TO ALL TO WHOM these presents shall come or whom the same may in any way concern,
Whereas the downing of Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 on January 8, 2020 caused the deaths of 176 people, including 55 Canadian citizens, 30 Canadian permanent residents and numerous others with ties to Canada;
Whereas this tragedy represents one of the worst losses of Canadian lives in civil aviation history;
Whereas air disasters such as Ukraine International Airlines flight 752, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 and Air India flight 182 have claimed thousands of victims worldwide, including Canadians who have lost their lives or loved ones;
Whereas it is important that Canadians have an opportunity to honour the memory of these victims;
And whereas, by Order in Council P.C. 2020-1130 of December 18, 2020, the Governor in Council directed that a proclamation do issue requesting the people of Canada to observe January 8 of every year as a National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Air Disasters;
Now Know You that We, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council for Canada, do by this Our Proclamation request the people of Canada to observe January 8 of every year as a National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Air Disasters.
Of all which Our loving subjects and all others whom these presents may concern are required to take notice and to govern themselves accordingly.
In testimony whereof, We have caused this Our Proclamation to be published and the Great Seal of Canada to be affixed to it.
Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved Julie Payette, Chancellor and Principal Companion of Our Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of Our Order of Military Merit, Chancellor and Commander of Our Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.
AT OUR GOVERNMENT HOUSE, in Our City of Ottawa, this twenty-third day of December in the year of Our Lord two thousand and twenty and in the sixty-ninth year of Our Reign.
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