Canadian 9/11 Families to be Joined by Air India Families and the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety

    TORONTO, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - Twenty-four Canadian families who lost loved
ones in the unimaginable events of 9/11 are uniting with Air India families to
commemorate the tragedy and to mourn with others that are touched daily by war
and terrorism. On Tuesday, September 11, 2007, six years after these events
changed the world; a memorial service will be hosted to honour the heroes that
were lost and those whom remain.
    "The beginning of something unexpected happened September 11, 2001,"
explains Alana Walker Carpenter, Coordinator of the 9/11 Memorial Service. "It
was a day in which disaster did what discussion could not. We saw countless
acts of heroism."
    The tragic events of six years ago shocked the world and reminded us that
we must remain vigilant and pro-active in dealing with the challenges of
terrorist threat. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected, and
with all others whose loved ones have been taken by such senseless acts," said
Minister Day. "Canada's new government will stand firm in the fight against
terror. We are committed to rooting out terrorist threats and maintaining the
safety and security of all Canadians."
    Maureen Basnicki, who is one of the Canadian widows, "remains grateful to
the fathers and mothers who have sent their sons and daughters to Afghanistan.
We, as 9/11 families, grieve with those who have lost loved ones. We remain
indebted to the unsung heroes who continue to ensure others do not have to
endure our terror."
    The 9/11 Memorial Service will include a tribute by The Honourable
Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety; an expression of gratitude by
Maureen Basnicki, wife of the late Ken Basnicki who perished in the towers,
and Canadian Coalition Against Terrorism (C-CAT) Founding Director and an
expression of support by Susheel Gupta, Spokesperson of Air India Victims
Families Association.

    WHAT:     9/11 Memorial Service

    WHEN:     Tuesday, September 11 at 8:30 a.m.

    WHERE:    The National Club, 303 Bay St.

    WHO:      Alana Walker Carpenter, Coordinator of 9/11 Memorial Service
              Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety
              Maureen Basnicki, 9/11 Family Member and Founding Director of
              Susheel Gupta, Spokesperson Air India Victims Families
              Laila Biali, Pianist, Vocalist, Composer

    DRESS CODE: Business casual dress is acceptable in private function
rooms. No jeans, white shoes (unless special permission is granted) or
t-shirts in the Club are permitted.

For further information:

For further information: To set-up an interview with noted speakers and
family & friends of the Canadian 9/11 victims, please contact Diane Craig at
(416) 550-6694 or by email at

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