In his speech the Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (Flemish liberal) said "We have gathered here today to remember the victims of terrorism and to show our solidarity with the survivors, their families and their friends. To express our gratitude to everyone that was ready to offer help”.
"But also, to share the loss and emptiness with each other. The emotions remain intense. But one thing is certain. The cruelness of the violence should not take hold of us”.
Several victims and relatives of victims also spoke at the ceremony. They complained of being left feeling abandoned by the Belgian authorities. Mr De Croo promised to address these concerns.
A highly serene moment came when the father of a Belgian family killed in a terrorist attack in New York in 2017 sung a song together with the popular singer Ozark Henry. This can be watched and heard in the video bellow.