On September 8, 2003, the foundation stone for an eventual monument at 'Ground Zero' - the location of the tragic bomb blast of October 12, 2002 that caused the loss of 202 lives Ė was laid in ritual Hindu ceremonies officiated over by a local priest.
Attending the ceremony was the Vice-Bupati of the Badung Regency, Made Sumer, who reported that a total of Rp. 3.7 billion (approximately US$ 440,000) has been allocated for the monument comprised of funds collected by the provincial government (Rp. 1.8 billion); donations to the bomb fund (Rp. 1.1 billion); and the Kabupatan of Badung (Rp. 835 million).
Initial preparations are underway to build a traditional altar, install 22 flags representing the countries of those who perished in the terrorist attack, and erect an engraving of the names of the 202 victims Ė all to be completed before the one-year anniversary date of the bombing. Once the anniversary celebration is completed, work will commence on the final monument to stand on the 1370 square meter lot once occupied by Sari's Club.
Australian Prime Minister John Howard is expected to visit the site with an entourage of 1,500 Australian survivors and their families who will be in Bali on October 12, 2003 to commemorate the tragedy.
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