Bostonians shared their empathy after the tragic Paris attacks with a growing memorial outside the French Consulate building.
The memorial includes personal handmade signs expressing support and love for France during this difficult time. As a city that has faced a terror attack on its own grounds during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, the citizens of Boston know first-hand the realities of living with fear and heartbreak in the days after such an event. But they also know of the resilience, bravery, compassion, and community that rises from the tragedy.
People have taken the time to stop by the Consulate on Stuart Street this week to drop off fresh flowers and light candles to commemorate the lives of those lost in the attack on Paris. The colorful memorial has been a safe place for prayers, mourning, and paying respects. Visitors range from people with loved ones in France personally affected to regular passerby who want to show their support. At any given time of day, people can be seen hugging, consoling one another, or adding personal items to contribute to the memorial. A light shines on the memorial so that it remains visible even through the night.
Bouquets of roses and handwritten words of encouragement can also be found outside the French Cultural Center on Marlborough Street in Back Bay. Many stores also have the French flag displayed in their windows.
“On Est Paris” and “We Are All France” read two of the signs propped up at the memorial, surrounded by multicolored flowers and the warm glow of candles. “Our Hearts Are With You – Vive La France!”