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Air India victims remembered in Vancouver

06/23/2012 08:15 EDT | Updated 08/23/2012 05:12 EDT
Families of the victims of the 1985 Air India bombing are expected to gather at the memorial site in Vancouver's Stanley Park on Saturday evening.

Every year, family members hold a special ceremony to remember loved ones who died when a bomb aboard the plane exploded over the coast of Ireland, killing 329 people.

Only one man has ever been convicted for his role in the tragedy which has widely been believed to be the work of Sikh extremists.

"Some of these people have forgiven the bombers and some of them have found a purpose in their lives," said journalist Gurpreet Singh. "They're trying to help others by running free schools and hospitals for people in India."

Singh recently wrote a book highlighting how some families have channelled their grief into charity work abroad and in Canada.

"Some people are doing the same thing by living in Canada like sending sponsorships to baby children, whether in Ireland or anywhere in India," he said.

"Either way, it's very difficult for those people to do it. They're trying to overcome the hatred and anger, and ... [it's] a kind of pursuit for a positive energy, so something that's very inspiring."

The memorial is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. PT at the Air India Memorial in Ceperley Playground in Stanley Park.

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