BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The Seattle Space Needle shows France support in the wake of the tragedy the country experienced a few days ago. The Space Needle flied the French Flag on Saturday, November 14th in a show of support to France by the people in Seattle. Representatives of the Space Needle stated that the gesture was considered the least that they could do to as a display of solidarity to the people of France.
Representatives went on to explain that a special French flag was commissioned and made Saturday morning so it could be displayed in the afternoon. The flag measures 25 feet in width and 35 feet in length and was placed on top of the iconic building in Seattle this weekend.
It was not the only manifestation of support and compassion towards the French people to take place in the last few days in Seattle. People from all over the city gathered at the La Parisienne Bakery in the Belltown neighborhood in order to express their solidarity with France and were joined there by the city’s mayor Ed Murray in a moment of silence held in honor of the victims that the recent terrorist attacks claimed. People also sang France’s national anthem La Marseillaise during the gathering.
Other important Seattle landmarks donned the colors of the French flag in order to show solidarity with the people of France, including the city’s Ferris Wheel which was decorated in the flag’s blue, white and red. The City Hall was also covered in the three colors while French flags were also flown in front of the building at half-mast.
Several other major monuments in the United States as well as in several countries around the world showed their support to France by displaying the country’s flag or the flag’s colors. Among these were the One World Trade Center in New York, St George’s Hall in Liverpool in the U.K. and the Brandenbourg Gate in Germany.
In the United States, people took part in an event of collective support towards the French by turning their lights off at a previously established time for 30 minutes on Saturday. The event was created on Facebook and wanted to show solidarity with the French and the Eiffel Tower which had turned off its iconic lights after the attacks.
France suffered great loss last Friday as its capital city of Paris suffered a series of terrorist attacks which left almost 130 people dead and another 350 people wounded.
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