By Lamiat Sabin in England:
Friday, June 15, 2018
Grenfell Tower memorials and marches held to mark anniversary
A MINUTE’S silence was observed up and down the country today on the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire that cut short the lives of 72 people.
Survivors, the bereaved and local residents held a private memorial at the tower’s base that the public watched from a screen outside.
Decorations in green – the colour for Grenfell – covered the streets.
The Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir opened and closed the memorial with renditions of Lean On Me and Bridge Over Troubled Water.
A community mosaic was unveiled and a poem and a passage from the Koran were read out.
The names of the 72 victims — including stillborn baby Logan Gomes and Maria del Pilar Burton, who died in hospital in January — were read out before the silence.
A memorial service for bereaved families and local community members also took place at the nearby St Helen’s Church.
Bishop of Kensington Dr Graham Tomlin said: “We could identify who was responsible, we can make building regulation changes, but unless we ask some more fundamental questions about the way we relate to each other in society and how we care for one another, then we will just go back to the way we normally are.
“I think Grenfell is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ask some really deep questions about the way we live together, the way we care for each other in society.”
Benches at the front were reserved for families of those who died, including relatives of Ali Yawar Jafari, Gary Maunders, Steve Power, Jessica Urbano-Ramirez, Ligaya Moore and the Choucair family.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) insisted that authorities and business owners who failed to keep Grenfell Tower safe should be prosecuted.