Germany to mark victims of terrorism annually on March 11

February 16, 2022 GMT
FILE - Then German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, right, lay down flowers in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 to commemorate the victims of a terror attack on the Breitscheidplatz in December 2016. The German government says the country will formally commemorate the victims of terrorism every March 11. The date marks the anniversary of the 2004 bomb attacks in Madrid and is already commemorated each year by the European Union. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn,file)
FILE - Then German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, right, lay down flowers in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 to commemorate the victims of a terror attack on the Breitscheidplatz in December 2016. The German government says the country will formally commemorate the victims of terrorism every March 11. The date marks the anniversary of the 2004 bomb attacks in Madrid and is already commemorated each year by the European Union. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn,file)
FILE - Then German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, right, lay down flowers in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 to commemorate the victims of a terror attack on the Breitscheidplatz in December 2016. The German government says the country will formally commemorate the victims of terrorism every March 11. The date marks the anniversary of the 2004 bomb attacks in Madrid and is already commemorated each year by the European Union. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn,file)
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FILE - Then German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, right, lay down flowers in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 to commemorate the victims of a terror attack on the Breitscheidplatz in December 2016. The German government says the country will formally commemorate the victims of terrorism every March 11. The date marks the anniversary of the 2004 bomb attacks in Madrid and is already commemorated each year by the European Union. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn,file)
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FILE - Then German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, right, lay down flowers in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 to commemorate the victims of a terror attack on the Breitscheidplatz in December 2016. The German government says the country will formally commemorate the victims of terrorism every March 11. The date marks the anniversary of the 2004 bomb attacks in Madrid and is already commemorated each year by the European Union. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn,file)

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Wednesday that the country will formally commemorate the victims of terrorism every March 11, starting next month.

The date marks the anniversary of 2004 bomb attacks in Madrid and is already commemorated each year by the European Union.

Germany’s top security official said the Cabinet approved adopting the date for a national remembrance day for the victims of terrorist violence.

Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said acts such as the Islamic extremist attack on a Berlin Christmas market in 2016 and far-right killings in Hanau and Halle had shaken Germany, too.

“Islamist, far-right and far-left attacks have caused great suffering,” she said. “We want to make the state and society more aware of the fate of the victims and their relatives.”

Federal buildings will mark the day by flying flags at half-staff.