Families of the 96 Hillsborough victims will attend today's annual memorial service knowing for the first time their fight for justice is nearing a successful conclusion.
September's publication of the independent panel's report into the 1989 disaster exonerated Liverpool fans and laid the blame at the door of the police and then the government for covering up the facts surrounding the tragedy.
Prime Minster David Cameron has already apologised on behalf of the country for the failings of previous administrations, and later this month a hearing will be held in London to decide the parameters for a new inquest for the victims.
After almost a quarter of a century campaigning for justice, next week's service at Anfield will still be one of sadness but behind that there will be some satisfaction.
It is a sentiment shared by Sheila Coleman, spokesperson for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign.
Yesterday two new permanent memorials to the 96 people who lost their lives were unveiled in Liverpool.
An ornate 1780s clock, from the collection of National Museums Liverpool, with its hands frozen at 3.06pm - the time the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest was stopped on April 15 - was installed at the Town Hall.
A seven-feet high bronze structure, commissioned by HJC and funded by public donations to the campaign, featuring the words 'Hillsborough Disaster - we will remember them' along with the names of all 96 victims was unveiled at theOld Haymarket.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, managing director Ian Ayre and all the club's players and staff will join Hillsborough families, survivors and thousands of supporters at today's Anfield service, at which Reds' principal owner John Henry is expected to give a reading.