Paris holds a special place in all our hearts, and we have all been following the events in France recently. The world has been focused on France as it rallies from the terrorist attacks that touched at the very heart of country’s dedication to free speech and liberty. The outpouring of support from all corners of the world has helped to bring peace and healing.
It has been a remarkable experience to see the Paris and the country stand strong and come together. And this culminated in the massive Unity Rally on January 11th where over a million people filled the streets of Paris. With this unprecedented gathering, Paris demonstrated that it’s not only the City of Light, but also a city of peace – united by a desire to defeat terrorism of all kinds. It was a moving display of support for France and for every country around the world that has been, or continues to be, shaken by terrorism. Major cities and small towns around the world also held unity rallies as a reminder of how important it is to remain united and to stand strong and together.
Paris is in our hearts more than ever, and the city has shown us that solidarity can be a positive influence to change the world. As daily life continues; with shops, museums and restaurants open as normal, the Parisians are, perhaps even uncharacteristically, warm and welcoming. Its in moments like these when differences fall away and what unites us stands out clearly. Paris is in our hearts always and forever.