22 March 2021 - Tribute to the victims of terrorist acts
Due to the current health situation, this year's commemoration ceremony will unfortunately not follow the usual format. This is the only way we can guarantee everyone's safety and health.
In the morning, all the registered victims will be able to participate in a moment of reflection at the location of the attacks. This will be followed by a warm and sober ceremony to commemorate the victims of terrorist acts.
Registration is now closed. Those who have registered will receive an invitation by e-mail with the necessary practical information about a week before the ceremony.
In cooperation with the victims' associations, limited delegations of victims - but as large as possible with respect to the health measures - have been created. Victims who cannot attend the ceremony will be able to follow it live on this website and on RTBF, RTL-TVi, LN24, één, VTM and VIER.
Reminder: on Monday evening, 22 March, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., you will also have the opportunity to participate in an online reflection moment organised by the non-profit organisation 'Circles - We have the choice'.
We are much more interconnected than we thought. We are discovering this today in the current pandemic as we did 5 years ago during the attacks in Brussels. Both then and now, we are living in a fragile period. We risk losing some of the things that are precious to us. Our loved ones and friends, our ideals of a stable future for ourselves and our children, our trust in a safe and healthy planet.
Who and what have we lost or need to let go of? We reflect on what is still unspoken and unprocessed. What is it like to lose loved ones suddenly or at a distance? How do we grieve or not? How do we stand when life shows its raw side? What can still give us meaning... and what do we choose?
The Circles are a contemporary, creative form of an ancient ritual to celebrate, honour, commemorate, mourn, deepen, meet on a deeper level. The Circle is not a discussion. We share from heart to heart about what really touches us as human beings. Just being present and listening is also fine.
We have the Choice was born out of a civic initiative by Kristin Verellen - who lost her life partner Johan Van Steen in the Maalbeek attacks on 22 March 2016 - and a circle of friends. We have the choice has grown into an organisation with more than 50 volunteer circle counselors. Since the attacks, We have the choice has been guiding Circles, both on location and online, in different contexts at key moments, in collaboration with partner organisations.
Participation is free, but you have to register in advance via Eventbrite.