“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
–John Fitzgerald Kennedy
(From Wikipedia) On the evening of 13 November 2015, a series of coördinated terrorist attacks, consisting of mass shootings, suicide bombings, and hostage-taking, occurred in Paris, the capital of France, and its northern suburb, Saint-Denis. Beginning at 21:20 CET, there were three suicide bombings outside the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, along with another suicide bombing and a series of mass shootings at four locations in Paris. The attackers killed 130 people, including 89 at the Bataclan theatre, where they took hostages before engaging in a three-hour stand-off with police. 368 people were injured, 80–99 seriously. Seven of the attackers also died, while authorities continued the search for any accomplices. The attacks were the deadliest on France since World War II, and the deadliest in the European Union since the Madrid train bombings in 2004.
This entry originally appeared on November 15, 2015. I did not post on the day of the attacks.
In honor of those killed and injured during the attacks, Social media was responsible for many images and tribute photos to remember the dead and show solidarity to the people of Paris and the country of France.
I have posted a permanent banner on this blog entry to serve as a reminder of that day. The street pictured in the banner is Voltaire Blvd in Paris. The Bataclan Theatre, one of the attack sites, is located on that street. I have added the iconic “Paris Peace Sign” created by French artist Jean Jullien instead of the familiar OTRWD chevron.
“Vive La France!“