The mood at Bali's Bajra Sandhi Monument in downtown Denpasar on Wednesday afternoon, October 12, 2005, is expected to be poignant with emotion as Bali remembers those who have fallen to the evil of mindless terror while, at the same time, expressing the island's spirited opposition to those who wish to rob it of its title as an "Island of Peace."
Echoes of Peace Gema Perdamaian III
Originally planned as a mass peace rally in remembrance of the 202 who died in the October 12, 2002, terrorist attack on two Kuta night spots, this year's ceremony has taken on a sudden added significance following the deaths of 22 more following the October 1, 2005 attack on three Bali dining venues.
Open to the public without charge, the "celebration of peace" gets underway at 4:00 p.m. at the Bajra Sandhi Monument in Renon, downtown Denpasar.
Current plans for the commemoration include a large number of local musical and traditional dance groups; a brief address by Bali's governor; performances by local choirs; joint prayers led by leaders of all of Indonesia's major religious groups; the sounding of the Bali peace gong; and the release of Balloons and Doves.
Ceremonies are scheduled to end at approximately 7:40 p.m..
For more information, contact the Gema Perdamaian III Secretariat located the Bali Tourism Board Office or by telephoning ++62-(0)361-237272.
All are urged and welcome to attend: Let's Give Peace a Chance!
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