Flowers of Grief - Oslo, Norway - Day 205/365
Oslo, Stortorvet, outside Oslo Cathedral (Oslo domkirke). Two days after the terror attacks in Oslo and at Utøya.
Saturday night media started reporting about people placing flowers and candlelights outside Oslo Cathedral as a sign of grief, and in respect for the victims and their bereft families. On Sunday morning there was an official memorial service there, with both the Prime Minister and the leaders of the Labour Party present - the Labour Party having been the direct target for the terrorist - and the royal family present. As well as survivors from the massacre at the Labour Party's Youth Camp at Utøya. We visited town a shortly after the service was over. The sea of flowers, candle lights, teddy bears, and handwritten notes, has grown immensely after this was captured - but I've not been up there the last days to see it myself. But we felt it was important to see and experience the signs of grief and partake in the community's mourning, and to take in the sights of our capital after an act of violence hitherto unknown in our country.
The text on the note in front of Teddy seems to be:
"Never forget / Never forget / 22.07.11"
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