Mourners wait for the start of a memorial ceremony at Dolphin Point in Coogee in on October 12, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. The ceremony marks tenth anniversary of the 2002 Bali suicide bombs that killed 202 people including 88 Australians. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, Australia (CBS) -- The families of victims of the Bali bombings gathered in Canberra on Friday (October 12) to mark the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.
A memorial service in the Great Hall of Parliament House heard Quentin Bryce, the Governor-General of Australia, thanked all who helped in the aftermath of the bombings, and offered her condolences to those who lost loved ones.
"How proud we can be of all those who played their part. It was a time that changed them, indeed all of us. To those who carry the heavy weight of loss we are mindful of the grief you bear. We pay tribute to your courage. Nothing can ease your burden but our Australian spirit is strong. It is resilient. We have shown ourselves that in times of tragedy we can come together and unite," Bryce said.
"This morning the waft of frangipani and wattle bloom connects our two peoples and places. We owe much to the delightful Balinese people and their special place that we love which entwines us," Bryce added.
Around 350 dignitaries, diplomats and politicians joined the 70 families of victims at the service.
Indonesia's charge d'affaires, Wiwiek Firman, said ties between the two countries have remained strong since the tragedy.
"Many people see Bali as Australia's bridge to Indonesia. Bad people may have burned down that bridge but Indonesians and Australians have rebuilt since day one what that bridge represents," Firman said.
The service concluded with frangipani and wattle bouquets being attached to a wreath to symbolise the ties between the two countries.
Memorial services will be held across Australia to remember dead and injured in the bombings.