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Trudeau attends memorial ceremony for victims of Polytechnique massacre

Sunday is National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

The day, first established in 1991, marks the anniversary of the 14 women killed in a mass shooting at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal.

It’s been 26 years since Marc Lepine took a 223-calibre Strum-Ruger rifle, separated the men from the women in an engineering class, ranted about his hatred of feminists, and went on a shooting spree before killing himself.

IN PHOTOS: Remembering École Polytechnique

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Paramedics and crowds are pictured outside the Ecole Polytechnique after gunman Marc Lepine opened fire at the school in Montreal on Dec. 6, 1989. The Canadian Press
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Police enter the Ecole Polytechnique after gunman Marc Lepine opened fire at the school in Montreal on Dec. 6, 1989. Shaney Komulainen/The Canadian Press
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A victim is wheeled away from the University of Montreal after gunman Marc Lepine opened fire at the school in Montreal on Dec. 6, 1989. Shaney Komulainen/The Canadian Press
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A woman is overwhelmed as she is escorted from the University of Montreal in Montreal, Que., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 1989, after a gunman opened fire in a packed classroom killing 14 women before turning the gun on himself. Tom Hanson/The Canadian Press
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Paramedics and crowds are pictured outside the Ecole Polytechnique after gunman Marc Lepine opened fire at the school in Montreal on Dec. 6, 1989. Shaney Komulainen/The Canadian Press
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Police enter the Ecole Polytechnique after gunman Marc Lepine opened fire at the school in Montreal on Dec. 6, 1989. Shaney Komulainen/The Canadian Press
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Police enter the Ecole Polytechnique after gunman Marc Lepine opened fire at the school in Montreal on Dec. 6, 1989. Shaney Komulainen/The Canadian Press
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Three unidentified women hug each other after laying flowers in front of the Polytechnical School at the University of Montreal. Fourteen women were killed after a gunman, Marc Lepine, went on a shooting spree. Shaney Komulainen/The Canadian Press
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Grieving relatives are escorted from the University of Montreal, Que., on December 7, 1989, after learning that their loved one was among the 14 women victims of a gunman that went on a killing spree on December 6, 1989. Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press
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A woman weeps at a vigil in Montreal in this December 1989 file photo, after the December 6th slaying of 14 women at the University of Montreal by a gunman. Allen MacInnis/The Canadian Press
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Montreal Mayor Jean Dore wipes a tear at a news conference in Montreal, Que., on Thursday, Dec. 7, 1989. The mayor's babysitter was one of the victims of the mass slaying at the University of Montreal on December 6, 1989. Shaney Komulainen/The Canadian Press
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Caskets of the women slain at University of Montreal are on display at Notre Dame Basilica as services are held for nine of the fourteen muredered students Monday Dec. 11, 1989. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

It’s a massacre that’s remembered all across the country: from candlelight vigils at the University of British Columbia to Cabot Tower in Newfoundland, which was lit up red to remember the victims of gender based violence.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended a commemorative ceremony at the Mount Royal Belvedere Chalet in Montreal to honour the women who were killed in the rampage.

The ceremony included one minute of silence as 14 spotlights shone through the sky, one for each of the victims.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends attends memorial ceremony for victims of Polytechnique massacre on Montreal’s Mount Royal. Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Max Kalinowicz/Global News

At noon, a coalition of women’s groups marked the anniversary at Place du 6 décembre in Montreal. Many more ceremonies took place throughout the city and across the country.

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Canadians have also taken to Twitter to remember the victims of the attack. Both #December6 and its French counterpart #6decembre were trending Sunday afternoon.

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