The Reverend Peter Arnett addresses the congregation.
The Reverend Peter Arnett addresses the congregation. Inga Williams

Ipswich joins nation in community grief

IPSWICH has joined people across the country in a national outpouring of grief for the victims of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17.

A memorial service to commemorate the National Day of Mourning was held yesterday at Glebe Road Uniting Church in Booval.

Lead minister of the church, the Reverend Peter Arnett, said it was an opportunity for people to gather for a time of reflection and prayer for the victims of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17, other recent tragedies and conflicts.

The 45-minute service started at midday and was led by ministers, priests and pastors from churches across Ipswich.

Flags were flown at half mast across the country, as the nation reflected on the tragedy that killed almost 300 people, including 38 Australian citizens and residents.

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Prime Minister Tony Abbott joined about 1800 people including politicians, dignitaries and families of victims at a service at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne.

 

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