Markham residents are invited to attend an evening vigil on April 11 to honour the victims of the Humboldt Broncos fatal bus crash.
Hockey players are encouraged to wear their jerseys and members of the public are encouraged to take sports equipment, hockey sticks, hockey memorabilia or other tokens to leave at the Peace Flame outside the Markham Civic Centre as a way to pay tribute to the 15 people who were killed after the bus taking the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team to a playoff game collided with a transport truck on a highway north of Tisdale, Sask. on April 6.
Mayor Frank Scarpitti, members of council and members of Markham’s hockey community, including Markham Royals and minor hockey associations, will hold the vigil April 11 at 7 p.m.
“Hockey is a part of the fabric of what it means to be Canadian,” says Scarpitti. “This unimaginable tragedy has devastated the Humboldt community. Families have been changed forever and a nation is grieving. It is important to come together, show our support and to remember.”
Flags at city facilities will remain lowered at half-mast until April 13 in honour of the crash victims and in support of the survivors, their families and the Humboldt community. A book of condolences will also be available for the public to sign at the Markham Civic Centre and at seven of Markham’s community centres.
As people from across Canada come to grips with the tragedy, a GoFundMe page dedicated to the victims has surpassed its goal several times, thanks to donations from people around the world. As well, a group of B.C. hockey moms has asked supporters to wear a sports jersey on April 12 to show the parents of the Broncos their pain is felt worldwide.