Memorial for Victoria fires victims held at St Pauls in Melbourne.
‘Tears, dust and ashes: a service of prayer, hope and remembrance.’
It was explained that placing a stone in remembrance was a symbol of both mortality, and hope.
THE small cairn of white stones on the altar of Melbourne’s St Paul’s Cathedral just kept growing as the names were read yesterday afternoon.
Twenty-three stones. King Lake … Flowerdale … Marysville … Calignee … Bendigo … Yarra Glen. It was an awful roll call.
Each white stone symbolised a Victorian community both devastated by the fires and where lives have been lost.
Then there was a 24th stone – representing “those, as yet, un-named communities”. And the victims yet to be discovered.
Each stone was tenderly placed by people ranging from MPs to firemen and a hospital chaplain under a tall white candle of remembrance on the altar, lit by Governor David de Kretser