The Eternal Ring was in- situ at Anfield ready for the Liverpool V Everton derby. The Eternal Ring is a simple structure that bears the names of those 96 supporters that tragically lost their lives at Hillsborough during the 1989 FA Cup semi- final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. It has been 26 years since children, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins and friends lost their lives when an uncontrollable crush ensued.
At 15:06 yesterday afternoon the nation joined Anfield in silence, the same that it has done for the last 26 years. Of course there is an ongoing inquest into how this tragedy was allowed to happen, chair of the Hillsborough Families Support Group Maragret Aspinall asserts ‘there is still a job to be done’. However this should not, and did not detract from the poignant tribute offered by Anfield which saw Steven Gerrard and Phil Jagielka release 96 red balloons in memory of the 96 fans who died.
It is always a heartfelt gesture to those who lost their lives, and to the families that mourn them. May this fantastic tradition continue for all of time, and the names and memory of those 96 live on forever.