Victoria Recognizing Second Anniversary of Black Saturday

From AU News via Yahoo;

Residents of communities devastated by Black Saturday will come together on Monday to mark the second anniversary of Australia’s deadliest bushfires.

Many communities will put on simple barbecues and beers in ceremonies to remember the 173 people killed in the fires on February 7, 2009 and to reflect on the two years of recovery so far and the prospects for the future.

In Kinglake, where 38 people were killed, two services will be held on the lawn at the town’s District Service Centre on what is known as Kinglake Ranges February 7 Memorial Day.

A marquee and candles will also be set up on the lawn and will be available throughout the day for reflection.

Marysville will hold a community barbecue at Gallipoli Park where hundreds of residents huddled as fire ripped through their town, killing 34 locals.

A minute’s silence will be held at 7pm, the time when the fire was at its fiercest.

Meanwhile wind driven bushfires in Western Australia have claimed 3 dozen homes.

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