Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is lauding the “courage and professionalism” of first responders and the resilience of the community a year after the fatal bus crash of a junior hockey team.

The prime minister says in a statement Saturday that while “we cannot forget pictures of the wreckage” that shook all of Canada “what will stay in our hearts forever are images of compassion and strength.”

Trudeau notes the examples of “young men learning to stand, walk and take to the ice again,” and “hockey sticks leaned up against thousands of Canadian front doors.”

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Ryan Straschnitzki, left, and Jacob Wassermann, victims of the Humboldt, Saskatchewan bus crash in 2017, are introduced in the first period of an NHL hockey game, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
FILE – In this Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Ryan Straschnitzki, left, and Jacob Wassermann, victims of the Humboldt, Saskatchewan bus crash in 2017, are introduced in the first period of an NHL hockey game, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

A memorial service is to be held in the Humboldt arena to remember the 16 people killed and 13 injured. The Humboldt Broncos bus collided with a semi driven by a novice trucker who ran a stop sign at a rural intersection.

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 19, 2018, file photo, Humboldt Broncos bus crash survivor Xavier Labelle attends a news conference in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
FILE – In this Tuesday, June 19, 2018, file photo, Humboldt Broncos bus crash survivor Xavier Labelle attends a news conference in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
FILE - In this April 7, 2018, file photo, debris is strewn at the scene of a fatal crash between a bus and a truck outside of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Canada. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
FILE – In this April 7, 2018, file photo, debris is strewn at the scene of a fatal crash between a bus and a truck outside of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Canada. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
In this Wednesday, March 20, 2019 photo, Ryan Straschnitzki poses for a photograph in Philadelphia, Straschnitzki, a young hockey player was paralyzed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Canada. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
In this Wednesday, March 20, 2019 photo, Ryan Straschnitzki poses for a photograph in Philadelphia, Straschnitzki, a young hockey player was paralyzed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Canada. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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