Prince William Leads Tear-Filled Memorial Service for Manchester Bombing Victims


Manchester, England, came together Tuesday on the anniversary of the horrific bombing that killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert.

Moments after Grande finished her final song at the sold-out concert on May 22, 2017, a terrorist detonated a suicide bomb, which injured hundreds of people who were in attendance.

At the memorial service, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and Prince William joined families of the victims, the injured and emergency personnel at Manchester Cathedral.

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Thousands across the country also participated in a minute’s silence to remember the victims of the bombing.

The Duke of Cambridge participated in the memorial service full of song and tribute to the victims and their families by reading from the Biblical book of 1 Corinthians.

The service was broadcast on a big screen in the city as well as in other cities across Britain.

Grande also tweeted her own tribute to the memories of the victims and the community of Manchester.

In a recent interview with Time magazine, Grande sobbed through the interviewer’s question about the tragedy.

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“Music is supposed to be the safest thing in the world, I think that’s why it’s still so heavy on my heart every single day,” she said. “I wish there was more that I could fix. You think with time it’ll become easier to talk about. Or you’ll make peace with it. But every day I wait for that peace to come and it’s still very painful.”

Manchester is marking the anniversary of the tragedy with events including the memorial service and a musical tribute later in the day. And bells will ring at exactly 10:31 p.m. — the time when the bombs exploded last year.

May wrote in the Manchester Evening News in memory of the attack.

“Today my thoughts and prayers are with those who were lost on that terrible night, their loved ones who have so bravely battled to rebuild their lives; those who have courageously fought to overcome physical injury or mental scars; our first responders and emergency services and those volunteers and professionals who are continuing to help this community heal,” she wrote.

“All of you — and many more in this great city — are the very best of what this country stands for.”

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
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