The Prime Minister has declared this Thursday, August 7, to be a National Day of Mourning for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, and has arranged for a National Memorial Service to take place at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne.
- Archdiocese of Melbourne
The National Memorial Service, at 10.30am, is interdenominational and members of the public are invited to attend.
Upon the Government’s announcement, the Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart said: 'I extend my deepest sympathy and prayer to those families, friends and communities so devastated by the loss of their loved ones on Flight MH17.
'I hope and pray that all who gather at St Patrick’s Cathedral next Thursday for this National Day of Mourning for the victims will be united in their prayer and efforts to bring healing to those who grieve.
'May the efforts of so many people of goodwill, witness the power of love which brings peace, justice and hope in these darkest days.'
Arrangements have also been made for the outside broadcast of the National Memorial Service in anticipation of large crowds wanting to support the families of those lost on Flight MH17.
National day of mourning and national memorial service for victims of Flight MH17 (Archdiocese of Melbourne)