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Bali Bombing Commemorated Simply

Indonesians, Japanese and Australian Officials Gather to Mourn Those Who Died in Bali on October 1, 2005.

(10/2/2010) The anniversary of the 2nd Bali bombing was commemorated simply on Friday, October 1, 2010, in the Memorial Garden of the Australian Consulate General in downtown Denpasar.

The terrorist attack on October 1, 2005, claimed 20 lives. 15 of the victims were Indonesian, 4 Australians and one Japanese. Those wounded in the attack totaled 196.

The Bali commemoration was a simple affair with the ceremony of remembrance was attended by representatives of the three countries whose citizens perished in the bombing. Australia was represented by its interim Consulate General Brent Hall; Shusaku Harashima attended on behalf the Consulate General of Japan; and Indonesia was represented by Cokorda Raka Darmawan of the Badung Regional Governments and Ketut Arya of the Denpasar City Administration.

Unlike years past, this years ceremony was not attended by family members of the victims.

Following a statement of condolence presented by Brent Hall, the Indonesian and Australian national anthems were sung followed by a moment of silence to remember the dead. The ceremony closed with the laying of a wreath in the Memorial Garden.