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HRH King of Norway: ‘We are awakened to a new awareness’. A clearly tearful HM King Harald addressed the nation from Oslo Spektrum on Sunday in remembrance of the 77 victims of July 22. In his first public address since the terror attacks were breaking news, His Royal Highness’ speech captured the hearts of many. Sending out a clear message to a nation still in grief, shock and anger, he urged everyone to unite together during these difficult times. Dear all.

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HRH King of Norway: ‘We are awakened to a new awareness’

Published on Monday, 22nd August, 2011 at 00:52 under the news category, by John Price   .

A clearly tearful HM King Harald addressed the nation from Oslo Spektrum on Sunday in remembrance of the 77 victims of July 22.

HM King Harald of Norway in 2010
HM King Harald of Norway in 2010
Photo: Sølve Sundsbø/Det kongelige hoff


In his first public address since the terror attacks were breaking news, His Royal Highness’ speech captured the hearts of many. Sending out a clear message to a nation still in grief, shock and anger, he urged everyone to unite together during these difficult times.

Dear all.

Almost all words are used up now.

The last four weeks have been heavy for all of us, but it is actually then when it is good to be together. My thoughts have particularly gone to those who were directly affected by terror and those who have lost someone they loved.

I can only imagine some of your pain as a father, grandfather and spouse.
As the country’s king, I feel with each one of you.

Rebuilding can take a long time following such traumatic experiences. During this time, it is important to remember that grief has many expressions, and there must be room for them all. There are feelings of guilt and anxiety, anger and emptiness.  

We continue grieving together. But I also have a great need to thank amidst the sorrow.

I want to thank all of you who were in the government headquarters and on Utøya, and who have decided that what you have experienced shall not break you.

I want to thank all the helpers within the police, fire service, healthcare, church and religious communities, the armed forces, civil defense, voluntary  organizations,  and all of you who stepped forward and just had to help. Everyone has shown us what care and bravery meansin practice when it matters most. Many saved thelives of others, some at risk to their own.There are still many who carry on alleviating grief and supporting those who need it. 

I would also like to thank the Prime Minister, the government and ministries. The Prime Minister has impressively managed to be a secure, national anchor during a state of emergency. At the same time, he and his government apparatus have managed to keep the wheels turning under very demanding conditions.Local authorities have been present in an impressive manner, and the political Parties have shown solidarity, with each other, with the people, and withthose directly affected. It has beenclear to me that everyone has done what they could to support and help.

We have followed 77 people to the grave in the time that now lies behind us. We have all had the opportunity to become acquainted with each of the deceased,  through stories told in the media,and through eulogies. We lost 77 people who wanted to use their lives for the good ofsociety they were a part of. We shallhonor their memory by continuing to work for the valuesthat were important to them.

I wish nowto repeat what Isaid the day after the tragedy:
I hold on to the belief that freedom is strongerthan fear.
I hold on to the belief in an open Norwegiandemocracy and society.
And I hold on tothe belief in our ability to live freely and safely in our own country.

The tragedy has reminded us of the fundamental that binds us all together in our multicultural and diverse society. Letus take care of this recognition, and let us take care of each other. Let us as individuals be clear about what we stand for, and use our opportunitiesto influence the society we live in a positive way.

The time ahead willcontinue to demand much of us all. 

It will be especially difficultfor you who are bereaved when the national grief gradually diminishes. When the strong fellowship we have feltat this time is not so noticeable anymore. Fellow human beings are then neeed who see those who grieve and those who are struggling with their lives, someone who can be withthem when the light of attention begins to fade.

When everyday life is to be lived.

As a nation, we shall take this timewith us inour hearts, inour experience, and remember that we areawakened to a newawareness of what really means something to us.



Published on Monday, 22nd August, 2011 at 00:52 under the news category, by John Price   .

This post has the following tags: kingharaldofnorway, hrhkingharald, oslospektrummemorial, utoyea, oslobomb.





  
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