“A place for reflection and emotion”

In Haltern am See, the memorial for the victims of the Germanwings plane crash was blessed on Friday in the presence of around 250 mourners.

At the memorial, the relatives and friends of the students and teachers from Haltern who were killed in the crash could continue to comfort and support each other, explained the Catholic dean Martin Ahls and the Protestant dean Klaus Henschel at the ecumenical memorial service. The site at the Sundern municipal forest cemetery is an important place of thought, reflection and emotion, he says. It should contribute to the fact that the memory of the pupils and teachers never fades away.

Thanks to the pastoral care of the churches

The mayor of Haltern, Bodo Klimpel, thanked both churches for being there around the clock for those affected by the disaster. The memorial symbolically recreates a classroom, trees stand for the deceased. Five of the schoolgirls who died in the plane crash are buried right next to the memorial site.

Airbus was on 24. March crashed

The Airbus A320 of the company Germanwings was on 24. March en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf crashed over the French Alps. All 150 people on board lost their lives. Among them were 16 students and two teachers from the Joseph-Konig-Gymnasium in Haltern, who were on their way back from a student exchange program. Plane's co-pilot intentionally caused crash, investigators find.

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