Stawell residents join in National Day of Mourning

FLAGS flew at half mast above numerous buildings last Thursday during the National Day of Mourning for the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 disaster.

Stawell Primary School captains Kayla-Mae and Keenan join in the National Day of Mourning with their flag flying at half mast.

Stawell Primary School captains Kayla-Mae and Keenan join in the National Day of Mourning with their flag flying at half mast.

As a show of respect for all those killed aboard flight MH17, the flags flew at half mast and church services were held.

Flags had actually been flying at half mast across Stawell and district for several weeks, leading up to the announcement as to when the National Day of Mourning would take place.

This followed a directive from Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, that that all flags be flown at half mast in the wake of the tragedy that occurred on July 18.

The advice applied to buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies.

This saw the flags at the Stawell Police Station, Stawell RSL, Town Hall and schools, all flying at half mast.

As part of the National Day of Mourning, Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Stawell hosted a memorial prayer service last Thursday evening.

Reverend Anne McKenna led the service to remember those killed when the plane was shot down over Ukraine.

"The repercussions of such a tragedy reach wide and far in communities and it is important that people have a way of expressing their sorrow," Rev. McKenna said.

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