Last night, the city of Paris was left reeling after a coordinated terrorist attack struck the French capital. According to reports, 128 individuals were killed by gunfire and blasts perpetrated by terrorist organization ISIS, though the investigation is still ongoing.
When news broke of the Paris attacks, the world responded, with people of all nations lending their hearts and minds to the people of France, creating the "We Pray For Paris" social movement.
Montrealers took to the French consulate last night to stand in solidarity with Paris, with 500 people in attendance.
Another vigil is planned for today, beginning at 3pm outside of the French Consulate (map) in downtown Montreal. Organizers wish to remind attendees that this is strictly a peaceful vigil meant to instill hope; any messages of hate or disrespect will not be tolerated.
You can find out more about today's vigil by checking out the Facebook event page here.
Montreal as a city will also stand with France in another way. Much like other major metropolises, Montreal will proudly wear the colours of the French flag, confirmed by a tweet sent out by Montreal's mayor Denis Coderre, which can be found below.
— DenisCoderre (@DenisCoderre) November 14, 2015
While we do not know exactly how the city will "light up," we can speculate that City Hall, if not other major municipal buildings and monuments, will wear the blue, white, and red of the French flag. There is also the possibility that the Bell Centre will do the same for tonight's Canadiens game.
No matter how the City of Montreal showcases its support for Paris and all of France, one thing is for certain: we all pray for Paris.
The city of Beirut was also struck with a similar ISIS assault on Thursday, with 43 people killed. Read more on the story here.