Even with heavy rainfall, approximately 1,000 people gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza this evening in solidarity with the people of France after yesterday’s devastating terror attacks in Paris.
The Vancouver vigil had a somber mood, with threnody music played over loud speaker accompanying the vocals of a lone singer. Attendees came to the vigil bearing candles, flowers, and signs for the makeshift memorial at the top of steps of the Gallery building’s historic main entrance, which has been illuminated in the colours of the French flag.
At one point of the vigil, between the moments of silence and the music that was played, the crowd spontaneously began singing La Marseillaise – the national anthem of France.
Yesterday’s attacks were the worst attacks in France since the Second World War and the worst terror attacks in Europe since the 2004 Madrid bombings. The death toll currently stands at 129 people and several hundred are injured.