The Hillsborough tragedy, in which 96 British soccer fans died due to stadium overcrowding on April 15, 1989, was remembered Tuesday at Anfield stadium, where some 26,000 people marked the 25-year anniversary of the catastrophe.
During the memorial service, Liverpool and Everton fans came together to honor the 96 Liverpool supporters those who lost their lives, Fox Sports reported
. The tragedy occurred at Sheffield, England's Hillsborough Stadium, during an FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest football clubs.
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"Without doubt, the single biggest source of inspiration for me is every matchday here at Anfield when I arrive and see the Hillsborough memorial. 96 names that were loved and cherished and went all too soon," Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers told those in attendance.
"Mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, friends and fellow supporters. You've all stood for 25 years together to honor and fight for the 96 people we lost. Your courage, fortitude, resilience and dignity is what inspires me," Rodgers continued.
Speaking to the families of the victims, Rodgers added, "I really do feel inadequate in your company. You will never walk alone."
The memorial service began with the singing of the hymn, "Abide With Me," which, according to the BBC, has been sung at every FA Cup
final since 1927.
Prior to the match, players from both teams lined up across from each other on the field and observed a moment of silence in memory of the victims.
Bells from Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral then rang in solemn remembrance of the fallen, according to the BBC.
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