Dozens gathered in Warrington town centre this lunchtime to lay flowers and reflect on the 24th anniversary of the IRA bomb attack.
The blast killed 3 year old Jonathan Ball & 12 year old Tim Parry and wounded scores of others.
But Tim's dad Colin says the Foundation for Peace and Peace Centre established in the boys' names are things in which the whole town can find solace from the tragedy:
"I think Warrington can take alot of pride from what those institutions have brought. I don't think there's any other town that has done anything like this."
The attack in 1993 also led to the death of Bronwen Vickers and injured 54 others leaving lasting mental scars on many thousands of people.
Revd Stephen Kingsnorth led today's memorial service - he says it's a credit to the boys' families, and to all of Warrington, that such an awful tragedy was turned into hope, by setting up the Warrington Foundation for Peace in Jonathan and Tim's names:
"What had been a tragedy became a movement that was positive about reconciliation and progress. It was the right time for movement and change and hope."
Daffodils being laid in memory of Jonathan Ball & Tim Parry 24 years after the bomb blast that took their lives pic.twitter.com/huc0F50j9y— Michael Gaffney (@M_W_Gaffney) 20 March 2017