Human Decency Shines In Melbourne As Bourke St Vigil Draws Thousands

Thousands of Melburnians gathered at Federation Square this afternoon to honour the victims of Friday’s Bourke Street attack, and to reflect on the city’s immediate response to the tragedy.

Melburnians have gathered in Federation Square to pay tribute to the victims of the Bourke Street tragedy. #weloveyouMelbourne

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Victorian Governor Linda Dessau opened proceedings by remembering the five people killed during the senseless incident, and those affected by the tragedy:

“This evening, we think too of those for whom the wounds of other losses have been reopened, and of those who, even from a distance, feel overwhelmed by a deep sense of sadness.

We come together to show, and to say, that none of you are alone.

We talk often about the need for unity amongst us, and will do so again this coming Thursday, on Australia Day.

But it really is at a difficult time such as this that we so keenly feel why unity matters.”

Dessau went on to reiterate her focus on human decency, saying “last Friday, tragedy did not distinguish on the basis of age, gender, culture, religion, or background, but importantly, neither did goodness.”

She also honoured the exemplary efforts of police, paramedics, emergency workers and medical professionals in the aftermath of the attack.
Similarly, Henry Dow the student whose Facebook post in the aftermath of the attack went viral – was invited to share his experience of camaraderie immediately after the incident.  

Dow’s recollection of helping an injured woman alongside taxi driver Lou, a man as “great and courageous you have seen, heard or read, rolled into one authentically humble bloke,” amplified Dessau’s sentiment.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle
saw proceedings out, saying “I’m often asked “what is the secret of Melbourne,” and I tell people we come from more than 200 different nations, we speak 250 different languages and dialects, we practice more than 110 different faiths, but we are one Melbourne.”

You can catch the entire ceremony below:

Source: 9 News Melbourne. 
Photo: City Of Melbourne / Instagram.