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Bali Echoes Peace

Hundreds Gather at Denpasar Heroes' Monument to Remember the Many Victims of Terror.

(10/15/2005) On the late afternoon of Wednesday, October 12, 2005, more than a thousand people representing every ethnic and religious group who make Bali their home gathered at the Bajra Sandhi Heroes' Monument in downtown Denpasar to commemorate those who have died in Bali at the hands of international terrorists.

Initially planned to coincide with the tragic bombing of two Bali night spots 3 years before on October 12, 2002, this year's commemoration - dubbed Gema Perdamaian III or Echoes of Peace III, was made especially poignant by recent events in Bali where another 23 lives were lost in an October 1, 2005 attack on three popular dining venues.

A Most Hallowed Late Afternoon

The commemoration service began at 4:00 p.m. with a solemn processiob led by a traditional belaganjur orchestra around the vast perimeter of the monument. The following four hours were filled with prayers lead by all the religious leaders sharing a common stage; the sounding of Bali's famous peace gong; performances by local choirs; traditional dancer and gamelan orchestra performances; and the release of balloons into the evening sky.

Shown on balidiscovery.com are a selection of photographs taken during Gema Perdamaian III at the Bajra Sandhi Monument.