Every December 6th my mom calls, and she’d ask me, “Do I remember what happened today?”
And I’d say, “Yes, X amount of years ago your house trailer burned.” Today it’s 34 years.
However, today is also 20 years since the Montreal massacre. When Marc Lepine walked into the École Polytechnique – an engineering school. In a rage against feminism, he murdered 14 women.
The victims were Geneviève Bergeron, civil engineering student; Hélène Colgan, mechanical engineering student; Nathalie Croteau, mechanical engineering student; Barbara Daigneault, mechanical engineering student; Anne-Marie Edward, chemical engineering student; Maud Haviernick, materials engineering student; Maryse Laganière, budget clerk in the École Polytechnique’s finance department; Maryse Leclair, materials engineering student; Anne-Marie Lemay, mechanical engineering student; Sonia Pelletier, mechanical engineering student; Michèle Richard, materials engineering student; Annie St-Arneault, mechanical engineering student; Annie Turcotte, materials engineering student; Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, nursing student.
I was 13 years old, and I remember watching the coverage from Montreal. Some journalist – probably all – were visibly distraught. One almost broke down on-air.
And 20 years later, we still remember and honour the 14 women whose lives were cut short. Some of us remember where we were when we heard the news. We light candles. We hold vigils. We do this for future generations, so the 14 women live on.
The story isn’t about the shooter. It’s about the victims who live on by honouring them. Because as women, we have to pick up and move on.
And rebuild from the rubble.
Originally posted on my Red River College blog:
http://www.nostalgiaofthe80sand90s.wordpress.com – defunct.
Date: December 6, 2009