Today, November 21, marks 10 years since the Zolitude tragedy, which marked one of the most tragic moments in Latvian history. In order to remember and honor those who lost their lives in this tragic event, a memorial event will be held at the place of the Zolitude tragedy on November 21 at 5:00 p.m.
The program of the commemorative event includes the performance of the choir “Ave sol” from 17.00, and the program will be complemented by the musical performance of cellist Ivars Bezprozvanov.
After the memorial concert, 54 beams of laser light will be shot into the sky, symbolizing the 54 people who lost their lives in this tragedy and whose souls passed away. After that, fire brigade sirens will be activated in memory of the victims of the tragedy.
The event will be hosted by actress Zane Jančevska.
After the memorial event, visitors will have the opportunity to lay flowers and light candles.
The Riga municipality plans to start the construction of the memorial site dedicated to the Zolitude tragedy in the 2024 construction season. The opening of the Garden of Remembrance is planned in 2025.
In 2022, in the design competition for the memorial site of the Zolitude tragedy, the meta-proposal for the creation of the Zolitude Remembrance Garden jointly submitted by “ALPS landscape workshops”, design office “H2E” and consulting agency “Copywriter/Levelup” was recognized as the best, the main idea of which is that this place will serve as a bright place of remembrance, where the victims of the tragedy and the relatives of the deceased will be able to hold memorial moments undisturbed, while for the rest of the population it will be a place of peaceful rest, while providing the most important information about what happened. The solution was made respecting the association “Zolitude 21.11.” expressed vision and wishes.
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Flowers and candles in memory of those who died in the Zolitude tragedy at the “Maxima” supermarket, where 54 people lost their lives when the roof caved in. Photo: Gunita Kļava/LETA