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02 Feb 2010
The Yellow Ribbon campaign will honour the victims of the Black Saturday fires of 7 February 2009, in which 173 people died and a further 414 were injured.

The Yellow Ribbon campaign will honour the victims of the Black Saturday fires of 7 February 2009, in which 173 people died and a further 414 were injured. These fires resulted in Australia’s highest ever loss of life from a bushfire with as many as 400 individual fires across the state.

The anniversary of the 2009 Victorian bushfires fires is this Sunday. It will be a difficult and emotional time for the communities, families and all emergency services.

All Victorians are urged to wear a yellow ribbon to show support to the affected communities and the fire services that assisted them, and to demonstrate remembrance for those who lost their lives. Free ribbons will be available at selected Spotlight stores across Victoria.

There will be a remembrance service coordinated by the Victorian Council of Churches, catering for bushfire-affected people living outside their communities, those who lost someone close to them and members of the general public wishing to pay their respects.

The central service recognises the national significance of the fires in 2009 and is the only centrally planned activity across Victoria.

Details
Time:
11.45am for noon sharp
Date: Sunday 7 February 2010
Location: St Paul’s Cathedral, Corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne

The service will involve music from artists from bushfire-affected areas, recognise all communities impacted by the fires, including the bereaved, with opportunities to light a candle or lay a stone during the service.

People across Victoria will be asked to observe a moment’s silence at noon to remember the 173 people who died. Flags will also be flown at half mast between dawn and midday at all MFB fire stations.

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au

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