Foundation encourages Australians to observe minute silence on Port Arthur anniversary.
On Thursday 28 April, Australia will remember 35 people who tragically lost their lives at Port Arthur 20 years earlier. For the Tasman District School, the anniversary will hold special meaning as it continues to mourn the loss of former students, including Alannah Mikac who along with younger sister Madeline, mother Nanette and 32 others, lost their lives that horrific day.
On the morning of Thursday 28 April, the school's staff and students will observe a minute silence to acknowledge their community s horrific loss of life in 1996.
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation is calling on all Australian schools, libraries and communities to join the Tasmanian school by observing a minute silence at 10am on the day.
Tasman District School principal Ted Barrance said the schools minute silence would not only focus on those lost at Port Arthur but on all children who have been the victims of violence.
"Out of trauma and tragedy has come strength and unity," Mr Barrance said. Our community will stand together 20 years on to remember those that were taken too early
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO Lesley Podesta said the Port Arthur tragedy changed Australia forever.
Ms Podesta encouraged the Australian community to unite on April 28 to ensure the memories of the Port Arthur victims stayed strong.
"The Tasman District School was directly affected by this tragedy, but the whole country was influenced by the horror of Port Arthur," Ms Podesta said. "We encourage everyone to follow the example of the Tasman District School community."
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation will hold a public candlelight vigil at Federation Square in Melbourne at 6.30pm on Thursday 28 April to honour the memory of those lost.
For more information and to register your attendance go to eventbrite.com.au/e/candlelight-vigil-tickets-22472150808.
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