Quiet march with candles to mark anniversary of Copenhagen terrorist attacks

The memorial will take place on Valentine’s Day, the day the shootings started a year ago

Some 2,000 candles, symbolising love, warmth and life force, will be used to mark the procession (photo: iStock) Some 2,000 candles, symbolising love, warmth and life force, will be used to mark the procession (photo: iStock)
February 10th, 2016 5:25 pm| by Lucie Rychla
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A quiet march with candles will mark the sad anniversary of the Copenhagen terrorist attacks that took place last year on February 14 and 15, reports Politiken.

The memorial will take place on Sunday February 14 in honour of the two victims of the shootings: the 55-year-old Danish filmmaker Finn Nørgaard and the 37-year-old Jewish guard Dan Uzan.

A walk of light
A 3.6 km-long chain of lights will connect the two venues where the tragic events took place,and some 2,000 candles will be used to symbolise love, warmth and life force along the route.


The march will start at 5pm in front of the Krudttønden culture centre in Østerbro and end at about 6:45 at the Great Synagogue in Krystalgade.

No speeches
Danish politicians, including the prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, and the mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, will attend the event, but no speeches will be made.

People are asked to bring their own candles as public lighting along the Stordam lake will be switched off during the march.

The event is being co-organised by the Jewish Society and the Finn Nørgaard Association that was founded in memory of the late director.

Opportunity to reflect
“We ask Copenhageners to go out onto the streets, light a candle and reflect on what they themselves can do, so such things don’t happen again,” said Ole Mølgaard, the chairman at the Finn Nørgaard Association.

“Let us focus on what we have in common instead of demonising each other. We all have an obligation to do what we can, whether you are prime minister or an ordinary citizen.”

A Finn Nørgaard Prize will be awarded to projects that support vulnerable children and youth on Sunday at 1 pm at Christiansborg.