Brussels Airport opens memorial garden for the victims of 22 March 2016

Exactly one year ago today, Brussels Airport was hit by a terrorist attack in which 16 people lost their lives.

This sad anniversary was commemorated during a serene open air ceremony in front of the departures hall in the presence of TRH the King and Queen, members of the government, victims and their relatives, representatives of the emergency and rescue services and the police, as well as hundreds of airport employees.

At 7.58 am – the time at which the first bomb exploded one year ago – a minute’s silence was held in honour of all victims.

After the ceremony on the curb, a delegation proceeded to the memorial garden at the access road to the terminal where the sculpture Flight in mind by artist Olivier Strebelle was relocated.

The monumental sculpture had been adorning the departures hall since it was built, was a popular meeting point for passengers. The sculpture was severely damaged during the attacks.

It was restored and was moved to a new location in the memorial garden. The sculpture is surrounded by 16 trees which represent the victims of the explosions in the departures hall.

Flight in mind will forever bear the scars of this trauma,” said Arnaud Feist – CEO of Brussels Airport Company, "but today it again spreads its wings, as a tribute to the victims and a sign of hope for the future."

The memorial garden is open to the public 24/7.

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