HUMBOLDT (NEWS 1130) — A memorial for the victims of the 2017-18 Humboldt Broncos bus crash is moving online due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The website launched Monday afternoon to mark the two year anniversary of the crash that killed 16 people and injured 13 others.
According to a statement, the original plan was to have a temporary exhibit feature “a representation of the many creative and unique memorabilia items we received in the days, weeks and months that followed the tragedy.”
However, Saskatchewan’s province-wide self-isolation rules prevented that from happening.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked the anniversary during a daily press conference Monday.
“From coast to coast to coast we remember the 16 lives that ended much too soon and the many more that were changed forever. If you lost a friend, a teammate, or a loved one, if you’re still rebuilding or recovery, I want you to know we’re here for you. We will always be here for you,” he said.
“You, the community of Humboldt along with all Canadians who stand with you have shown incredible strength and resilience and just like the people putting out hockey sticks or wearing the jersey, you remind us that together we can get through even the darkest of times.”
The site features videos and a guestbook and will be permanently live on the City of Humboldt’s website.
“In the midst of all the turmoil in the present world we want to make sure the lives lost and those that were changed forever two years ago are not forgotten,” Humboldt mayor Rob Muench said in a statement. “During this time of self-isolating and practicing physical distancing, it’s important to us that people still have a place to go to reflect and remember the tragedy and the outpouring of support that our community received on a global scale.”
In addition to the website, the bells at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Humboldt will toll at 4:50 p.m. Monday, the estimated time that the crash occurred. The bells will be streamed live on the city’s Facebook page and followed by a city-wide moment of silence.