September 20, 2012 - Ottawa - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird speaks at the inauguration ceremony of the Memorial to Fallen Diplomats in Ottawa.
A gift to Canada from the people of Turkey, the monument honours the memory of Colonel Atilla Altikat, former military attaché of the Embassy of Turkey in Ottawa. Col. Altikat was assassinated by terrorists on August 27, 1982, on the spot the monument now occupies.
The monument is dedicated to all diplomats and public servants around the world who lost their lives in the service of their country.
Family members of Col. Altikat were on hand for today's ceremony.