Giving meaning to tsunami tragedy

It opened up with haunting flute sounds and finished with up to 500 people casting flowers into the sea at Byron Bay's Main Beach.

In between, there were moving messages from church representatives and non-church representatives, all trying to give meaning to the horrific Asian tsunami that claimed so many lives and ruined so many more.

It was Byron Bay's turn to show it cared for the people who lost loved ones and had not forgotten those who survived.

The inter-faith gathering in Denning Park around the Peace Pole on Sunday afternoon was made even more poignant when Mullumbimby's Joy Vogel took the microphone and spoke of her beautiful daughter, Moi, a victim of the tsunami in Thailand.

Moi was honeymooning with her husband, Christian Nott, also claimed by the tsunami.

Joy Vogel joined the others at the gathering for the silent walk to the water's edge where she cast flowers into the sea.

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