HCCV's General Secretary, Bhakta dasa was invited to attend the 9/11 Memorial Service, held at Melbourne's Royal Botanical Gardens, on the 9th September 2011.

 

AN article was published in The Age newspaper the next day. It is reprinted below.

In the photo you can see Bhakta dasa, all in white, just behind Ted Baillieu, Premier of Victoria.

Turn grief into action, US envoy tells service

Article from "The Age" Newspaper, by Daniel Flitton, September 12, 2011
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Premier Ted Baillieu joined US Consul-General  Frank Urbancic, Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews, Melbourne lord mayor Robert Doyle and religious leaders for the morning service.

Photo: Melanie Fath Dove

UNITY, compassion and faith in multicultural society was the message at a quiet memorial for September 11 victims in Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens.

''In memory of those who were murdered and those who tried to save them,'' read one of many simple tributes in wreaths laid at the base of two trees planted for the Victorians killed in the World Trade Centre attacks.

Premier Ted Baillieu joined US Consul-General Frank Urbancic, Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews, Melbourne lord mayor Robert Doyle and religious leaders - including Christians, Muslims and Jews - for the morning service.

 

Mr Urbancic read a message from US President Barack Obama and called on people to convert grief into action, saying US officials had given blood and volunteered in soup kitchens to mark the occasion.

''If there is a lesson from 9/11 it is that communication has broken down and that communities need to be brought together, not divided,'' he said.

 

Mr Baillieu said that although Melbourne was remote from wars against terrorists, the contribution to life in the city from people of more than 200 nations was its great strength. He said the anti-terrorism laws and increased spending on national security agencies in Australia over the past decade must be balanced with safeguards, but governments could never be too vigilant against terrorism.

Victorians Peter Gyulavary and Leanne Whiteside, who died in the south tower, were among 10 Australians killed.

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