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Memorial for Costa tragedy to be held throughout the world

January 13 marks one year since cruise liner crash kills 32

Memorial for Costa tragedy to be held throughout the world

Genoa, November 28 - Costa Crociere, the Italian cruise line that owns the Concordia ship that capsized off the coast of Tuscany on January 13 killing 32, is making preparations for memorial services around the world as the one-year anniversary of the tragedy approaches. "Given the logistical impossibility to accommodate all those who wish to be present on Giglio Island, Costa is taking steps to organize commemorative ceremonies in the different countries of origin of all passengers and crew members involved in the accident," Costa representatives said. The company has proposed for French relatives and survivors an ecumenical mass in Paris and offered to reimburse those travelling from outside the city 100 euros to cover costs. The spokeswoman for a French committee for victims and survivors, Anne Decre', said that the offer of 100 euros was "insulting". Costa Cruises in a statement responded that plans were still "in the making". "We want to remind everyone that the tragedy of the Costa Concordia has not been and will never be forgotten. The company expresses its solidarity to all those who have been affected by the tragedy".

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