Christchurch memorial service

There was a memorial service for the city of Christchurch today. I don't usually watch this kind of tv program, but this one was really moving.  Here's what the local paper had to say about it.

They came in their thousands, the family, friends and loved ones of those killed in the Christchurch quake, to be told that "grief is the price we pay for love".
Prince William's beautiful, simple words, echoed across Hagley Park today as the country stopped to remember the terrible devastation brought by the quake which struck at 12.51pm on February 22.
People came sporting red and black, ignoring the terrible carnage that still impacts on everyday life, to mark the loss of at least 182 lives.
Four more quake victims were named this evening. They are; Mary Louise Anne Bantillo Amantillo, 23, of the Philippines, Ian Foldesi, 64, of Christchurch, Linlin Xu, 26, of China, Naon Yu, 21, of South Korea.
It brings the total number of names released to 146. Police expect the final death toll to be 182.
The crowd gave rescue workers attending a rousing standing ovation before the service started and talked among themselves about their own experiences.
The ceremony officially began with a Maori warrior blowing on a conch shell, stirring the crowd to attention.
Prince William, wearing a korowai given to him by Ngai Tahu especially for the service, was joined by other dignitaries including Prime Minister John Key and his wife, Bronagh, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the Governor-General Anand Satyanand and his wife, Susan, Mayor Bob Parker and his wife, Jo Nicholls-Parker, and Labour leader Phil Goff.
However, the ceremony was firmly all about the people of Christchurch.

Read more... http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/christchurch-earthquake/4784542/Christchurch-earthquake-memorial-Grief-the-price-we-pay-for-love


Scrappy Grams said...

A fitting salute to those who died. My heart goes out to all of you in Christchurch.

Carol said...

Thank you for sharing.

A local man, Phil Coppeard, who moved to Christchurch only 4 months ago with his wife was among those who died.

I was not close to him but we attended school together. It was sad to hear of those who lost their lives and those left behind.

Marja said...

It was very very moving

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Arkansas Patti said...

You all have my heart and prayers. I heard Prince William say those words and was so moved.
Now comes the rebuilding of not only structures but of lives.
God bless.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I'm glad it was such a lovely service; it was well deserved.

There have been way too many weather disasters this year.

I am happy to know, somehow, that Prince William did a good job. He is is mother's son. (Anglophile that I am.)

LegalMist said...

My heart goes out to those who have lost so much.

The Reason You Come said...

It's sad what happened over there and in Japan. These tragedies don't make sense, and they should never have happened. I'm sorry for your people's loss and hope that you can move forward from this, and grief will be replaced by joy again.

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KB said...

It was a very moving service.

Louis la Vache said...

Timely corrollary with the earthquake in Japan.