Vigil Held At Enger Tower To Honor Victims Of Norway Tragedy

By KBJR News 1

July 29, 2011 Updated Jul 29, 2011 at 10:16 AM CDT

Duluth, MN - (The Northland's News Center) - The recent attacks in Norway have sparked emotion all over the northland. As Norway hold vigils and gather to support one another, people here in the Northland followed suit.

A candle-light vigil in Duluth Wednesday night paid tribute to the victims of last week's bombing and shooting spree in Norway that killed 76 people.

The tragedies hit home to Norwegians in the Northland.

"Different people respond differently to tragic events like this and some people have a need to gather, they have a need to come together and to share and to feel close to other people and reach out to each other," said President of Sons of Norway, Duluth Chapter, Kristbjorg Eide.

More than 100 people showed up to the vigil... candle and flowers in hand... with the sole purpose honoring the lives lost. and comforting one another.

"It was wonderful to have so many people here and just the warmth emanating from the audience," Eide says.

People from around the area came together with hopes of bringing a sense of peace.

"People of Duluth and the people of Norway and people around the world who are so sad. And to stand and hope together to say that we believe that peace will come," Duluth resident, Mary-B-Newcomb says.

Traditional Norwegian music played as attendees walked from the Enger Park parking lot up to the base of Enger Tower... a fitting location.

The Tower was originally dedicated by the King of Norway in 1939.

The Sons of Norway-Duluth chapter, Concordia and First Lutheran Churches and the city put on the vigil, giving the community the opportunity to morn together.

"Ceremonies like this are important for closure. And I think once people have an opportunity to gather, to have a ceremony, to hear from their religious leaders especially, that it gives them an opportunity to put it aside," Eide says.

Eide says it is heart warming to see people gather together to support those from her homeland.