January 8, 2013
(4 p.m. EST) -- On January 13, the Italian island of Giglio, in collaboration with Costa Cruises, will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Costa Concordia tragedy that claimed the lives of 32 people.
Simultaneously, Costa headquarters staff will mark the date during a commemorative mass in Genoa.
As part of the full-day Giglio program, a mass will take place at 11 a.m. local time at the Church of St. Laurence and Mamiliano. The local bishop will officiate and the Isola del Giglio choir will perform. City council members and local community members will honor the rescuers.
At 3:30 p.m., a bronze plaque in memory of the victims will be laid at Molo Rosso. A second plaque will commemorate the gesture of solidarity the island's inhabitants exhibited during the tragedy.
At 6 p.m. in the Church of St. Peter, a classical music concert will be performed. Also that day, the rock that Concordia hit will be relocated.
In Genoa, location of Costa's headquarters, a mass will take place at the Basilica of St. Marry of the Assumption. Furthermore, as what the line calls "a mark of respect" for the different religions of its employees, there also will be a Hindu ceremony in Mumbai and Goa, a Muslim ceremony in Jakarta and Bali, a Buddhist ceremony in Shanghai and a Catholic mass in Manila and Lima.
Additionally, flags will be flown at half-mast at all Costa offices worldwide and on all its ships. A mass dedicated to the victims will also take place in the ships' theaters, and there will be a minute's silence at the end of the services.
In a statement, Costa said it "hopes that all prayers on this sad anniversary, expressed in different languages and religious beliefs but with a single voice, will help the company to face the future having made peace with the past."
--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor