Memorial day for the victims of the 22.07.2011 Oslo & UtÃ¸ya attacks.
Quote from Stine Renate HÃ¥heim.
United we stand, stronger than ever. We will never hide, we will never give up, we will never let the terrorism win against us!
“If one man can show that much hate, imagine how much love we all show can together.”
Nearly 100.000 people got together in Stavanger, a city with a population of 124,511
What a beautiful inspirational message for peace to the world.
Addressing over 6,000 people who gathered in Oslo’s Spektrum arena for the candle-lit memorial service, Norwegian King Harald V told the nation of 5 million people that Norway would surmount its pain.
The king said that it was his firm belief that Norwegians would continue to live “freely and openly” after what had happened a month ago.
Among the 6,000 people present at the arena were relatives of the victims, survivors, police and emergency personnel who dealt with the two deadly attacks, the worst in Norway since World War II.
Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon, Finnish President Tarja Halonen, Icelandic President Olafur Grimsson, Swedish Crown Princess Victoria and Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik, also attended the ceremony, joined by Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and his counterparts from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden.
After performances dedicated by Norwegian artists, the names of all the 77 victims were read at the ceremony, which started at 3 pm local time (1300 GMT) amid tightened security.
Flags flew at half-staff over the royal palace, the parliament building and government buildings.
Sunday’s event marks the end of an official period of mourning for the 77 victims, mostly youths, who perished in the twin attacks by Anders Behring Breivik.