It had been assumed to become a national day of celebration marking independence, but Thursday rather saw tens of thousands of Albanians looking through rubble for survivors of this deadly earthquake.
Countless have been left homeless by the quake, the nation’s worst in years. While police have promised to reconstruct and supply shelter, many survivors continue to be sleeping in tents and health clubs, or within their vehicles.
Still another aftershock rattled the coastal town of Durres on Thursday, sending mourners racing from a theater where they had gathered for the funeral of four relatives.
Albanians traditionally mark the anniversary of the November 28, 1912 announcement of liberty having a profusion of national flags.
Back in Durres on Thursday, rescue workers planted one flag beneath the rubble of a collapsed hotel as the total death toll increased to 41.