BELGIUM: Memorial to be held for children and adults killed in Swiss bus crash on March 21Record ID: 382838
- Title: BELGIUM: Memorial to be held for children and adults killed in Swiss bus crash on March 21
- Date: 17th March 2012
- Summary: LOMMEL, BELGIUM (MARCH 16, 2012) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF NEWS CONFERENCE GIVEN BY MAYOR OF LOMMEL PETER VANVELTHOVEN (SOUNDBITE) (Dutch) MAYOR OF LOMMEL PETER VANVELTHOVEN SAYING: "As far as Lommel is concerned, you know that 17 died, therefore there are 17 families that have been deeply hurt." MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Dutch) MAYOR OF LOMMEL PETER VANVELTHOVEN SAYING: "The memorial ceremony will take place on Wednesday at 1030. At the parents' request, this will be a joint ceremony." NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Dutch) MAYOR OF LOMMEL PETER VANVELTHOVEN SAYING: "We are receiving a large number of spontaneous calls from everywhere in the country, people who want to do something, who want to organise a march, people who want to collect money, people who want to show how much they have been affected by this tragedy." NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Dutch) MAYOR OF LOMMEL PETER VANVELTHOVEN SAYING: "The five little patients from Lommel will be flown back to Belgium today and will be taken to hospitals here." NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Dutch) DANIELLE HUIJER, CHAIRWOMAN OF SCHOOL'S PARENTS' COMMITTEE, SAYING: "The moment of silence was very intense and heavily charged. Also for the teachers and the emergency workers who were there. We were standing together in an auditorium hand in hand. We explained to the children why we were standing there and why they had to be quiet." MEDIA
- Reuters ID: LVA70UXGNYGWXN33TZPEB4ZN259J
- Location: Belgium, Belgium
- Country: Belgium
- Duration: 00:02:32
- Topics: Accidents
- Story Text: A memorial service for the 28 people who died in this week's Swiss bus crash will be held next Wednesday in Lommel where 17 of the fatalities were from, the northern Belgian town's mayor said on Friday (March 16), as bodies of the dead returned home for the last time.
Mayor Peter Vanvelthoven told a packed news conference shortly after the country observed a minute of silence to commemorate the dead that the ceremony would be on behalf of families from Lommel and those from the town of Haverlee, whose children were also among those who perished when a bus carrying a school ski party slammed into the side of an Alpine tunnel outside Sierre, in Switzerland, on March 13.
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