23 Feb 2009

7 February bushfires to be remembered

5:26 am on 23 February 2009

Australia will never forget those who died in the Victorian bushfires on 7 February.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told a memorial service in Melbourne on Sunday that the nation will pause for a moment's silence every year on that date.

He said the nation's flags will always fly at half mast on 7 February. The day has become known as "Black Saturday".

Governor-General Quentin Bryce said Sunday "was a day of reflection".

At least 209 people died in the bushfires.