The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has attended the national memorial service in Canberra to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Bali bombings.
The bombings in Kuta on October 12, 2002 killed 202 people and we today pause to remember the 88 Australians who lost their lives in the terrorism attack, 22 of whom were from Victoria.
“We unite to commemorate the loss of innocent lives and those who were severely injured, as families, friends and survivors gather to reflect on their loved ones taken by the blasts.
“This is a day that will live in infamy for many Australians, when as a country we lost a part of our innocence.
“But this atrocity brought us together, a sign of our enduring strength in the face of turmoil and devastation.”
Senator McKenzie said the memorial service was also an opportunity to honour the service of Australia’s men and women both on the battlefront and peace-keeping missions.
“Australia’s soldiers are to be commended for their ongoing commitment to fighting the war on terror, as the bombings remind us the price of freedom is never free.”
Lest we forget.