May 2014 marked the fifth anniversary of the very tragic and traumatic events that took place in Sri Lanka. Leading up to May 19, 2009, tens of thousands of people lost their lives. Many Tamil Canadians, including the Tamils living in our city, lost family members during the violent events which has left a painful indelible scar in our hearts. During the month of May every year from 2009, all Tamils world over remember with deep sorrow the victims who lost their lives and those who were maimed during this dark period in our history.
Tamil organizations in Ottawa listed below declared a week of remembrance for the victims to be observed between May 11, 2014 and May 18, 2014 to mark this tragic part of our history. We would like to inform that the declaration of the week of remembrance has been ended as of yesterday, May 18, 2014. We would like to extend our sincere thanks for those of you who observed the remembrance week.
During this week we organized a remembrance event. We would like to thank those of you who attended the May 2009 Remembrance Prayer event on May 14, 2014, jointly organized by the National Capital Region Tamil Association, the Ottawa Tamil Cultural Association, the Ottawa Tamil Seniors Association, and the Ottawa Tamil Sangam. We had a great turn out and it was very touching to see the community's emotional connection with the event.
A touching and very appropriate Remembrance Song was performed by our youngsters. We were pleased by the presence of Hon. Radhika Sitsabesan (Member of Parliament -- Scarborough-Rouge River) and Hon. David Kilgore (Member of Parliament -- Retired -- Edmonton-Beaumont) participating in the May 2009 Remembrance Prayer event and speaking to the attendees. The event was concluded when the attendees offerred flowers to the memorial candle and broke their day long fast to recognize the suffering the people endured during this tragic part of our history.
As a way of giving back to the community and recognizing the suffering endured by the victims of May 2009, we encouraged the community to donate blood, to sign up for organ donation, to join the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network and to donate to local charities. Representative from the Canadian Blood Services was present at the memorial event answering questions. We also collected cash donations for the Shepherds of Good Hope.
We would also like to thank the Mayor of Ottawa for the proclamation of the week of May 11, 2014 to May 18, 2014 as a week of remembrance for war victims in Sri Lanka.
Please preserve your May 2009 Remembrance Button for the future use. We asked and encouraged our members and the fellow citizens of this city to wear the button during the remembrance week as a sign of remembrance.
Let us never forget what happened to our people during this tragic part of our history that ended in May 2009. This will be a constant reminder for us to help them in their struggle to recover from this tragedy and to do whatever possible to prevent this from happening again.
MARAVOMEY MAY 2009!
LEST WE FORGET MAY 2009!
National Capital Region Tamil Association
Ottawa Tamil Cultural Association
Ottawa Tamil Seniors Association
Ottawa Tamil Sangam