Memorial service for the victims of the last month’s Alps plane crash was held at Cologne Cathedral in Germany.
More than 1400 people attended the event including 500 relatives of the victims. During the event, the organizers lit 150 candles representing the 150 people who died in the crash including Andreas Lubritz.
One of the guests who attended the ceremony said that they lit a candle for Andreas because Christians have a spirit of forgiveness.
The bishop who officiated the ceremony said that they are in no position to judge anyone even Andrea’s.
Andreas’ parents were invited to the event, but they opted not grace it for reasons which are yet to be known.
Prominent individuals who graced the event included the President of Germany, ministers from France and Spain, executives from German wing airlines and Lufthansa.
German president Joachim Gauck told the congregation that the country is still in “enormous shock.”
“We face not only sadness and pain but also the horror of peering into the abyss inside the human soul, even inside our human existence itself”, Mr.Gauck said. Spanish interior minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz told the congregation that, “We must try to fill this hole with love and hope”.
Flags flew at half-mast across Germany. The crowds which were gathered outside were not left behind either as the organizers of the ceremony set up a large screen which showed the proceedings of the event to those who were not inside the venue.
The memorial service was special for the relatives and families of the victims since no victim have been buried yet. They had time to console one another. Efforts are still made to identify the bodies.