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How Londoners can remember Ecole Polytechnique massacre, 30 years later

Events in London and area to mark National Day of Remembrance and Action.

Dec. 6 marks the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Montreal Massacre.

"I'll never forget that day," said Lauren Briens, an undergraduate at Western University in December 1989. She went on to complete a PhD in Chemical Engineering and is Associate Professor of Engineering at Western.

Lauren Briens was an undergraduate student at Western University in December 1989, the day a gunman shot 14 women at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. 

She's now an associate professor in Western University's engineering faculty.

Her strongest memory from the day, 30 years ago, is arriving home to panicked phone calls from her mother. Briens was at school in London, busy with final exams and essays, but her parents were in Montreal. 

"She just needed to hear my voice," said Briens, remembering how scared her mother sounded. "She needed to hear that I was okay."

Briens went on to get her PhD in Chemical Engineering. She never questioned her pursuit, and she never forgot that day. 

"It almost solidified the decision," she said. 

"Engineering's for everybody. I needed to show myself, to show the world that this is possible - for all people."

National Day of Remembrance and Action 

Western University's Engineering Faculty will mark National Day of Remembrance by lighting candles for all 14 victims, as well as for Lynda Shaw, a Western University student murdered in 1990. 

Where: Amit Chakma Engineering Building, Atrium

When: 11-11:30 a.m. 

A display at Western University listing the 14 Montreal Massacre victims. The memorial will also include a candle for Lynda Shaw,

A memorial in Goderich will remember the women who died in the Montreal Massacre and reflect on how violence against woman affects a community. 

Where: Goderich Royal Canadian Legion, 56 Kingston St. 

When: 10-11 a.m. 

A display in the atrium at Amit Chakma Engineering Building at Western University. (Submitted photo)

Flags at almost all Woodstock City locations will be lowered to half-mast. Small, white trees will be on display, decorated with orange ribbons in support of the global Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women Campaign.