For Sulo Korpela, Richard Chenier, Daniel Lavallee and Wayne St. Michel and their loved ones, June 20, 1984, will always be a day of tragedy.
But since that day 35 years ago, they haven't had to relive that tragedy alone. Mine Mill Local 598/Unifor — and the entire community — mourns with them.
On June 20, 1984, a seismic event measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale struck Falconbridge Mine, claiming the lives of all four men.
Every year since the tragedy, Mine Mill Local 598/Unifor has held a Workers' Memorial Day gathering on June 20. Today is no different.
That memorial is occurring this morning at the Caruso Club.
Although specifically commemorating the 1984 Falconbridge mining disaster, the event also remembers other workers who have died at the company, which, as a result of several buyouts, now goes by the name Glencore.
It also honours the lives of all those who have died in on-the-job accidents or industrial disease in Sudbury and around the world.
Sudbury.com's Heidi Ulrichsen is currently at the service and will be providing full coverage later on today.