During the laying of the wreath, prayers were given for the victims and bereaved relatives of the attack, and Interior Minister Karl Nehammer also found clear words for the act. The victims of the terrible attack should not be forgotten. At 10 a.m., Mayor Michael Ludwig is also supposed to lay a wreath.
In the early morning Van der Bellen remembered the victims of the “cowardly terrorist attack” via Twitter: “Four people have lost their lives. Many were injured. Many have weighed their lives & health in order to protect others. Today we remember the victims. We try to heal the wounds together. ” Vice Chancellor Kogler also expressed his condolences to the relatives and dependents of the victims via Twitter. At the same time he remembered the emergency services, the medical staff and courageous passers-by with moral courage – and those in Vienna who “offered refuge in an emergency situation with open doors and open hearts”.
For the third President of the National Council, Norbert Hofer (FPÖ), the “bloody events left a deep wound in Austria and left a clear scar”. His thoughts are with the victims of the “bestial murderer, their bereaved relatives, with the numerous injured, but also with the heroes of that night,” said Hofer, who will also take part in the memorial event. In a broadcast on Tuesday on the occasion of the anniversary, SOS Mitmensch called for “not giving terror in Austria a chance by rejecting hateful ideologies and strengthening the foundations of our republic”.
The commemoration, which starts at 4:45 pm, will be accompanied musically by the young musicians of the group “Weil ma belien”. They were rehearsing in the Ruprechtskirche at the hour of the attack a year ago. The assassin was shot dead by police forces on Ruprechtsplatz just a few meters from the church after killing four passers-by.