The messages citizens placed on the pedestrian area in front of the Stock Exchange and at the entrance of the Maelbeek subway station following the March and April 2016 terror attacks will be placed online today. On the day after the attacks, which caused 32 deaths and injured hundreds in Brussels and Zaventem, thousands of people had spontaneously assembled for hours at the Stock Exchange Square, which then became a place of contemplation and remembrance where passers-by placed flowers, candles, flags and messages.
Two months later, these memorabilia, along with those deposited at Maelbeek station, were collected and photographed by the archivists of the City of Brussels. The archivists worked for two years to preserve and digitalize all the messages, even those written in chalk, and objects people had deposited.
Some 5,000 testimonies are available on the site of the Archives and the City of Brussels. Other documents will be added to complete the archiving work that is still ongoing. Please visit the following link to the archive: to: https://archives.bruxelles.be/commemoration-view
The Brussels Times