Australians will today observe a national day of mourning to honour the victims of Victoria's bushfires.
Today we remember the lives lost on BLACK SATURDAY & the lives that were reduced to rubble.
Today we also pay homage to the amazing people who donated their time to help save lives & to those who help rebuild Victoria......
The death toll continues to rises over 209 following the discovery of more human remains over the weekend.
The extent of the damage has left the state, and the country, in deep shock.
Services will be held across the country, with the largest taking place at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena at 11am AEDT.
This will be a magnificent opportunity for Victorians and Australians to come together ... to show our mourning, to show our grief, to show our respect...
Princess Anne will attend on behalf of the Queen.
Please show your support by watching the Victorian Bushfire Service @ home or @ one of the live sites across Australia.....
The service will provide a chance for everybody to grieve together, and will also include a minute's silence for the fire victims.
Bells will ring out across Victoria at 11.00am AEDT to mark the start of the service.
Today will be difficult for many people......Bottling up emotions is not healthy! So the more people are able to outwardly demonstrate that they're grieving, then the better for everybody.
We will all be grieving for the ones left standing amongst the ashes......but remember you are not alone......Australia is a country of big hearts, warm embraces & more pride than than you can poke a stick at.....WE WILL PREVAIL!!!!!
My deepest deepest prayers will be with the survivors.......Know that you have touched the hearts of ALL Australians & many honorary Aussies as well...(THANKS P!NK)!