Hundreds of Sydney siders gathered in a twilight ceremony at Martin Place on Tuesday 15 December 2015 to mark the Sydney Lindt Cafe siege last year that resulted in the loss of two innocent lives.
The 16 hour siege on 15-16 December 2014 by gunman Man Haron Monis involved taking of 17 hostages and resulted in the death of Sydney barrister and mother of three Katrina Dawson, 38, and cafe manager Tori Johnson, 34.
Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull while addressing the crowd said “A whole city grieved, a whole city woke in shock, a whole nation resolved to answer hatred with love in answer to those who seek to divide us.”
It was a night that was filled with love in honouring the innocent lives lost and people stood in solidarity as a choir sang a beautiful song moving the audience while creating a scene of peace and tranquilty.
“Last night we stopped to remember Katrina and Tori, and also to reflect on the powerful way this city came together a year ago in Martin Place,” Mr Baird, the Premier of NSW said the following day.
“The lighting display on the Lindt building will continue for the next 4 nights. The lights project a beautiful selection of images of the sea of flowers and written tributes that were placed in Martin Place in the days following the siege.”he said.