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April 04, 2005

100 Days Memorial

The official ceremony of the 100 Days Memorial was this morning. The governor and lt. governor attended, and the crowd received blessings from a Catholic priest, a Muslim leader, a Buddhist monk, and a Christian leader.

BBC has photos here

The day opened with an opportunity to pay respects to the governor's grandson, who was killed in the wave at the 5-star resort adjacent to the grounds of the festival. The resort is still demolished. There was a large photo of him, and you could make a small donation to get a rose or lotus flower to lay near his photo, and near two plaques listing the names of everyone who died on paper.

The list still is incomplete — some people who approached added names with a pen.

There was a lot of ritual, but the ceremony did not seem emotional to me since I couldn't understand the Thai speeches. Later that night, in the bar in Khao Lak, one of the boatyard workers Kon, talked about what parents went through during the waves. He lost his son (age 14?) in the first wave. Even though he knew a second wave was coming and he had to get to safety, he only could think about the safety of his son, and worry about him. That's what parents do, they worry about their children.

Posted by sedda at April 4, 2005 10:49 PM