New Zealanders gather at Vancouver vigil while remembrance ceremonies take place back

New Zealanders gather at Vancouver vigil while remembrance ceremonies take place back

first_imgMakeshift memorial at New Zealand memorial ⁦@NEWS1130⁩ pic.twitter.com/jL82Ae0aEq— Renee Bernard (@Renee1130) March 22, 2019Some say they still can’t believe what happened.“It still feels surreal that something like this could happen in New Zealand. You never expect to wake up and see the news that there’s been a terrorist attack,” said a young woman, who lingered after the vigil.Others were glad to see a crowd.“I’m proud of New Zealanders for coming together not just here but in New Zealand. We take the good out of such a horrible event. It’s good we can get so many people together and unite,” said one man.Along with the songs and words of condolence, mourners were encouraged to turn and deliver hugs to one another.New Zealanders at vigil at Sunset Beach give each other hugs @news1130 pic.twitter.com/gtoEFhrr7q— Renee Bernard (@Renee1130) March 22, 2019 VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A setting sun was the backdrop for New Zealanders to gather at a vigil in the West End Thursday night, one week after the massacre at Christchurch.Gathering on the slopes of Vancouver’s Sunset Beach, the expats sang their anthem along with other traditional hymns, with the help of lyrics handed out by organizers.Anastasia Sillick was one of the people who decided to put the vigil together.“We wanted to create a space for New Zealanders to come together. The timing of it is in sync with the remembrance ceremonies happening in New Zealand.”She shares what’s been preoccupying her thoughts over the last week.“The families, I think. Today is about creating a space for people to reflect on those at home.”Two flags were placed on the grass: one, New Zealand’s national flag; the other a flag with the words “Kia Ora Vancouver,” which is the name of a local organization, based on the Maori word for “Hello.”New Zealand’s flag at Sunset memorial ⁦@NEWS1130⁩ pic.twitter.com/Qii4Atj63Z— Renee Bernard (@Renee1130) March 22, 2019last_img

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