National day of mourning and national memorial service for victims of Flight MH17

The Prime Minster has declared Thursday 7th August 2014 to be a National Day of Mourning to honour the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

The Government has arranged for a National Memorial Service to take place at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, at 10.30am on Thursday 7th August 2014.

The National Memorial Service is interdenominational and members of the public are invited to attend.

Upon the Government’s announcement, Archbishop Hart said, 'I extend my deepest sympathy and prayer to those families, friends and communities so devastated by the loss of their loved ones on Flight MH17.

'I hope and pray that all who gather at St Patrick’s Cathedral next Thursday for this National Day of Mourning for the victims will be united in their prayer and efforts to bring healing to those who grieve.

'May the efforts of so many people of goodwill, witness the power of love which brings peace, justice and hope in these darkest days.' 

Arrangements have also been made for the outside broadcast of the National Memorial Service in anticipation of large crowds wanting to support the families of those lost on Flight MH17.