Wednesday, an official memorial depiction was held at Norway Cup and Ekeberg. The memorial is in memory of the 77 victims of the terror attack in Oslo and at Utøya 22th of July 2011.
The Norwegian politicians Jonas Gahr Støre and Mani Hussaini from The Norwegian Labour Party were present together with The Secretary General of Norway Cup, Tony Isaksen. Several representatives from the National Support Group after the 22th July were also present.
The mark will be permanently on Ekebergsletta and will remind the 77 victims who died in the terrorist attack during the government quarter in Oslo and at Utøya on July 22, 2011.
General Secretary Tony Isaksen says that the club has been working actively to create a permanent memorial. The city municipality of Oslo has granted funds for the new memorial. In 2011, the opening of the Norway Cup tournament fell on the week after the terrorist attack at the government quarter and Utøya. To commemorate the victims of terror, the Norway Cup transformed the traditional opening concert into a memorial concert were the audience held roses.
The roses of this ceremony were used for compost to plant a bed with an oak tree, as a memorial off the dead.
Norway Cup has repeatedly experienced vandalization of the previous memorial. The fence around the oak tree has been pulled out of the ground. The tree’s trunk has also been broken. This time the memo consists of stone to make sure the new memory will be permanent.
The Secretary General of Norway Cup, Tony Isaksen, hopes that many people will take a break from their busy day to remember the victims.
– This place should not only be used to commemorate what has happened, but also for reflection, and what will happen next, said Isaksen (above).
Before the unveiling of the memorial, Jonas Gahr Støre (below) told that it made an impression to be present.
– It makes me think back to these days in 2011, he said.
Furthermore, he stated that it was a right and important decision to leave Norway Cup as normal after the terrorist attack on the government quarter and Utøya back in 2011.
– Norway Cup itself is a monument to the values we are concerned with in our society: Youth from all over the world, anti-racism, fair play, rules followed, judges who do their job properly, Støre said.
Text/photo: Lilly Christin Persson
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