Former Chester Catholic High School pupil Rebecca Coriam was 24-years-old when she went missing from the liner she was working on as it sailed off the coast of Mexico on March 22, 2011.
Hundreds of people turned out on Sunday afternoon as a mulberry tree was planted and two benches featuring engraved plaques were placed in spots holding special memories for the Coriam family.
Rebecca’s mum Ann said it was a ‘huge success’.
“It was a very fitting tribute to Rebecca and an absolutely beautiful day,” she said.
“There was a massive turnout. A lot of people I did not know attended and gave us cards, saying they had been following our story.”
Ann explained that the benches and tree will act as somewhere her loved ones can visit to pay their respects, in the absence of a grave for Rebecca.
“Today is about the memory of a young lady, honouring her life, and the light and love that she brought to others,” he said.
“The promise that we make to her today is that not only will we never forget all she gave to us in life, but that we shall not cease that search for truth.
“Mike and Ann are not going to give up and nor am I.”
The memorial afternoon was the last event Ann and Mike, Rebecca’s dad, plan to hold in her memory so they can focus on continuing their fight for an inquest here in the UK.