Australia holds day of mourning for wildfire victims
Australia held a day of mourning today for the Australia wildfire victims; the worst wildfire disaster in the country's history. Tens of thousands of people attended the memorial service in Melbourne.
There were a number of readings and poems and dedications to the people who lost their lives in the fire.
The fires killed more than 200 people and destroyed 1,800 homes in Victoria state. Premier John Brumby said that not only was it time for Australia to grieve over what happened, but:
"There's been such an outpouring of grief and sympathy across the community that we really needed to hold this national day of mourning within a couple of weeks of February 7," he told Channel 10 television Sunday.
"The loss of life, the loss of property and the pain has been immense but at the same time the extraordinary generosity and support of the Australian people... has provided support and hope to these people."
Survivors from other communities were brought in for the memorial service, which will be a day of remembering who lost their lives and their possessions, and who has to rebuild their lives now that the fires are finally extinguished.