Sierre bus disaster remembered

Memorial services were held on Wednesday evening to remember the 22 children and 6 adults that died when a bus crashed into the wall of a tunnel in the Swiss municipality of Sierre on 13 March 2012. Around a thousand people gathered at the Sacred Heart School in the Leuven suburb of Heverlee to remember the nine victims that came from near-by Saint Lambert Primary School.

A service was also held in Sierre where members of the emergency services and other locals, including some Belgian expats joined the local Mayor and the Belgian Ambassador in a moment of reflection.

Speaking during the ceremony in Heverlee, the Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo (Francophone socialist) said that “There are words we’d rather never speak. But today we have to. There are things we’d rather never experience. And today we are remembering such an event. “

The Director General of the Catholic Education Network in Flanders Mieke Vanhecke and the socialist Deputy Prime Minister in the Flemish Government Ingrid Lieten also made speeches.

A remembrance ceremony will be held on Thursday evening in Lommel for the victims that came from the ‘t Stekske Primary School in the Limburg municipality.