Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Remembering the Bail Bombing

Last Friday I attended the very moving 10th Anniversary ceremony of the Bali Bombing hosted by Randwick City Council at the Bali Memorial, Dolphin Point Coogee to pay tribute to the victims, their families and the survivors of Australia's worst peace time attack in its history.

Listening to Ryan James who at 16 years of age survived when others didn't, outlining what he saw on that fateful evening and the following days and the guilt he felt about surviving bought home the full impact of terrorism and terrorist acts; 202 people were murdered, the victims coming from 20 countries, 88 of them Australian, 43 from NSW, and 20 from Sydney's Eastern Suburbs.

More than a thousand people came to pay their respects to the victims , their families and survivors. They were joined by a number of dignatories including the Mayor of Randwick Tony Bowen, Councillors from the City of Randwick , Foreign Minister Bob Carr, Premier Barry O'Farrell, Minister Dominello, Walt Secord MLC, Senator Matt Thistlethwaite, the Member for Wentworth Malcolm Turnbull , Member for Maroubra Michael Daley , Member for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith , Deputy Mayor of Botany Bay George Glinatsis.

Lest we forget

Ron Hoenig placing a flower at the Dolphin Point Memorial, Coogee

Ron Hoenig and Michael Daley MP with Rabbi Gestetner of Coogee Synagogue

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