World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims. 2011
The Museum of World Funeral Culture with the support of FIAT-IFTA Funeral Heritage Steering Committee held an event "World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims."
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I take this opportunity to join you on behalf of the International Funeral Heritage Committee at this important Event devoted to the World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims. This day is widely spread today all over the Globe. In dozens of countries millions of people come together to pay tribute to those who were killed on the roads, support their families, attract attention to the dangerous situation, promote safe driving.
Each year 1.2 million people are killed in road trafﬁc crashes around the world, leaving behind shattered families and communities. An annual remembrance day for road trafﬁc victims began to be commemorated by victim organizations, starting in the United Kingdom in 1993, to bring the devastating impact of road deaths and injuries and lack of support to the widest attention; this day is now observed worldwide.
In this respect the initiative of the Novosibirsk Museum of World Funeral Culture of organizing the memorial service and concert on the World Day of Remembrance together with local administrations and non-governmental organizations is highly important.
We extend today our support to the families, who lost their loved ones in road crashes and stand together with organizers on this important occasion.
Henry J. Keiser
Chairman, FIAT-IFTA Funeral Heritage Steering Committee
World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims was held on 20 November 2011 in the Memorial Park of Novosibirsk Crematorium. Here in the Park a memorial stone was opened on the future site of a monument to all victims of road accidents. The organizers of the event have announced an open competition among architects to design a city memorial to all victims of road accidents.
The concert was opened by the guests of honor: Head of the State Inspectorate For Traffic Security of Russia in Novosibirsk region, Police Colonel Sergey Shtelmakh, Head of the State Inspectorate For Traffic Security of Russia in the City of Novosibirsk, Lieutenant Colonel of Police Alexander Rudenko, Director of the Territorial Center of Emergency Medicine of the Novosibirsk region, Evgeny Pakhomov, Executive Director of the non-governmental organization on prevention of traffic injuries "Forpost", Irina Morozova, Vice President of the Union of Funeral Organizations and Crematoria of Russia in Siberian Federal District, Igor Chernyakin.
At the end of the opening ceremony, laying the memorial stone and wreath laying a memorial service for all those who died in automobile accidents was held.
The event finished with a memorial concert at the Museum of World Funeral Culture, which marked the opening of the museum.