King Philippe expressed the support and thanks of the Belgian people to the emergency services that dealt with the attacks on the 22nd of March, during a ceremony for the 32 victims and the hundreds injured. It is now exactly two months since the attacks. The ceremony started at the royal Palace at 10am, and was organised by the Palace and the Prime Minister’s cabinet. 500 to 600 people attended.
During his speech, the King called the messages left at the Molenbeek station a sign “of dignity at a time of suffering”, and a sign of a will to create a more supportive society. “These messages are the expression of a desire for a better world, and faith in humanity despite the horror. It shows a unity we can create, and even a promise: we will build a better world. For them, the victims and their families. For all of us. We have shown our society is strong. Strong because of the connections that have become stronger during these dark days”, the King said.
“You have not given up, along with our whole society. On the contrary, your damaged hearts have responded with love and generosity. And the response from our outraged society has been responsible and supportive. Rather than let yourselves become disoriented, you have called for unity: Maelbeek has cried ‘Together’”, he said. He was surrounded by the whole royal family when he spoke.