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Dad and Daughter Dancing in Front of Notre Dame Just Before Tragedy Found After Plea Online


The world watched with broken hearts as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, went up in flames on Monday, April 15, 2019.

Many, like myself, couldn’t help but to watch online as the iconic spire succumbed to flames; others wept.

Fire Breaks Out at Iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral In Paris
Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019 in Paris, France. A fire broke out on Monday afternoon and quickly spread across the building, collapsing the spire. (Veronique de Viguerie / Getty Images)

A group of onlookers even broke into a spontaneous round of “Ave Maria,” which beautifully demonstrated the amount of loss people all over the world were feeling.

The old structure was a place where history, art, and religion all intersected, making a lasting impression to any who had visited before.

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In the wake of the fire, millions of people shared photos of their memories and photos of past trips over social media.

Parisians praying
Parisians pray next to Notre-Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019 in Paris, France. (Chesnot / Getty Images)

Brooke Windsor, a 23-year-old tourist from America, shared a photo that she had taken only an hour before the fire started on the roof of the 800-year landmark and asked for the people of Twitter’s help.

Her picture featured a dad swinging his young daughter in front of Notre Dame in a heartwarming and relatable moment.

“I took this photo as we were leaving #NotreDame about an hour before it caught on fire,” she wrote on Twitter. “I almost went up to the dad and asked if he wanted it. Now I wish I had. Twitter if you have any magic, help him find this.”

The tweet quickly garnered thousands of retweets in hopes of finding the father in the photo.

The “magic” of Twitter proved to be true because only three days later, Windsor reported back to those who had followed her search and said that the photo had in fact reached the man.

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Interior of Notre Dame
A picture taken on April 16, 2019 shows the altar surrounded by charred debris inside the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris in the aftermath of a fire that devastated the cathedral. (Ludovic Marin / AFP / Getty Images)

“The search is over,” she wrote. “The photo has reached the dad & family.”

Even though he ultimately decided to remain anonymous, the dad did thank Windsor for the amount of effort she put in to find him. According to Windsor, he said, “Thanks again for that beautiful photo, we will find a special place for it.”

This story shows just how much people can be brought together through shared experiences and shared loss.

While the Notre Dame did receive an immense amount of damage from the fire, multiple families and companies have stepped forward and pledged to help fund the cathedral’s restoration, including The Walt Disney Company.

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Kayla has been a staff writer for The Western Journal since 2018.
Kayla Kunkel began writing for The Western Journal in 2018.
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