One of 65 hand written yellow ribbons placed on 'The Tree of Remembrance' at the 2nd Anniversary Memorial Service to commemorate the 2009 Victorian bushfires and to honour the family and friends who died as a result of the 2009 bushfires.

The 2nd Anniversary Memorial Service was held on Sunday 6th February 2011 at Zinc Space in Federation Square, Melbourne. The service was organised by staff of the Victorian Bushfires Reconstruction and Recovery Commission (VBRRA), with input from Community Recovery Committees and the Bereaved Committee Advisory Group.The inter-faith service was led by retired Victoria Police Chaplain, Reverend Jim Pilmer, with the theme of 'Remember, Reflect, Hope'. The service was attended by about 400 people including community representatives, members of the bereaved community, dignitaries and the general public. Poems and musical performances were presented by community members from fire-affected areas, many of these were composed as a result of their experience of the 2009 bushfires.

The hand written ribbons were placed on the tree at the end of the service, and were part of a number of other symbolic rituals, including the following: 34 pre-printed 'Ribbons of Remembrance' to acknowledge the various communities from across Victoria including the bereaved, were placed on branches of the 'Tree of Remembrance' by community representatives; representatives from the various faith communities cast flower petals on the tree as a sign of the combined religious blessing; and Christine Nixon lit a 'Candle of Remembrance' in memory of the 173 people who lost their lives and as a symbol of light and hope for the future.

Following the February service, the 'Tree of Remembrance' was exhibited twice at the Rebuilding Advisory Centres at Marysville and Kinglake, with a month in each location. Blank yellow ribbons were available for visitors to write and attach messages to the tree.

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Length of yellow ribbon with black handwritten text.


The 2nd Anniversary Memorial Service commemorating the 2009 Victorian Bushfires encouraged people to actively participate in the service by writing a message on a 'ribbon of remembrance'. These items give form to the grief and the many ways in which symbols and rituals were used to mark this anniversary. The 2nd anniversary memorial service also shows the significant ways in which the impact of the disaster has rippled out into wider circles beyond those who were directly impacted. Where the 1st anniversary service was concerned with commemorating the loss of 173 people, the 2nd anniversary service paid particular attention to the impact of the disaster on locations, towns and broader communities, including the bereaved.

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