I keep a mental list of things I’d like to do one day, and places I’d like to see. It’s my “someday” list, and it keeps growing, sometimes serving only to remind me that “someday” doesn’t always come along.
A trip to Peggys Cove has been on my someday list for some time. So a few weeks back we took a drive out to the coast. I had only seen the famous lighthouse in photos. Seemed a bit silly since we’re only about an hour’s drive away.
A friend of mine mentioned that the lighthouse is in the midst of getting fresh coat of paint and it was pretty evident the day we went. Still, it was a beautiful day with sunshine, warm temperatures and light winds.
Plenty of rocks as you can see.
We also stopped off to see the monument for Swissair Flight 111. It’s located at The Whalesback, a peninsula not far from Peggys Cove. September 2 marked the 14th Anniversary of the Swissair crash.
There have been two memorials erected to commemorate those who died when the aircraft crash into St. Margarets Bay. The crash site is roughly halfway between the Whalesback Memorial and another memorial at Bayswater, Nova Scotia. The memorial at Bayswater lists all the victims by name.
The monument reads: “In memory of the 229 men, women and children aboard Swissair Flight 111 who perished off these shores September 2nd, 1998. They have been joined to the sea, and the sky. May they rest in peace.”
BTW the baby stroller belongs to Miss Charlotte, just in case you’re wondering.
I looked up some information about the monument and what it represents because I really didn’t know. Apparently, the site of the crash and the two monuments form a triangle. The three notches on the monument at Whalesback represent the numerals 111. The sight line from the three grooves in the stone points to the crash site; while the markings on the facing stone point to the memorial at Bayswater. I’ve been to the memorial at Bayswater a few years ago. That one contains the names of the 229 passengers and crew of flight 111. The facing stone points to the crash site.
The place where the monument sits is an area of rocks and low shrubs over-looking the Altantic Ocean. In the far distance the lighthouse at Peggys Cove can be seen. I think about the 229 people who crashed into the ocean 14 years ago, who have been joined to the sea and the sky, and whisper a silent prayer. May they rest peacefully.