22
Feb
09

Australias Day Of Mourning

It is a pretty sad day in Australia today. Our National Day of Mourning for the poor people that have been effected by the terrible, terrible bushfires in Victoria.

I am sure all people in Australia know about this tragedy and many, many around the world do as well.Not only has many people died but whole towns have been destroyed. No one can imagine what it could be like – families gone, communities gone, livelihoods gone.

There is a memorial service to honour the 209 people who lost their lives in Victoria’s bushfires  in Melbourne. I have read that thousands of mourners have gathered around at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena to remember the dead and missing. I am watching it on TV, currently a didgeridoo is being played – it has never sounded so sad to me before.

Australian Day Of Mourning for the Victorian bushfire victims

Australian Day Of Mourning for the Victorian bushfire victims

There will be addresses from political leaders, religious figures and other dignitaries including Princess Anne who is attending the service on behalf of the Queen. There will also be words from bushfire survivors and will end with a speech by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

I find it hard to imagine how much people have suffered and I hope this day is a way of showing people they are not alone. The ABC has a stunning website showing the tragedy with audio from survivors .

I have donated to the Red Cross and please, please find it in your heart to donate as well, even a few dollars can help.


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