Homage to the victims of Nov13, 2015- Paris
photos by Jillian E. Andrei
Two weeks after the horrible event in Paris, on Nov 13, 2015, I felt like paying homage to the victims, in the eve of the national Remembering of the Victims, yesterday, in France. President Hollande was leading the ceremony at ‘Les Invalides’ in the presence of the families of the cruelly killed beloved ones and officials.
After celebrating Thanksgiving at the American Church in Paris, being thankful to God for my kids and all it has been given to me and I have received this year, I got on a bus , driving along river Seine, past Louvre , Hotel de Ville and Marais. I got off the bus at Bastille. I carried on my pilgrimage on foot in the 11 arrondisment.
My first homage was to the victims of the La Belle Equipe Cafe, on rue Charonne. A black young man was offering candles and light to all of us. He has been mourning the lost of his beloved brother in place, for two weeks.
I kept walking on rue Charonne till the jonction with ave Voltaire while the first drops of rain hit my face- nature comforting me with its generosity.
Bataclan Theatre ,on 50, rue Voltaire, has been an attractive place since its construction in 1894 both for performers and for the audience. Famous French singers such as Maurice Chavalier and Edih Piaf and later, in the 20 th century, has become a rock music theater in the 1970’s.
Paying tribute to the 89 people killed at Bataclan.
Has the tragic event of Nov 13, 2015 changed its destiny? I do not thinks so. French people are more than ever determined to enjoy life and their liberty. Paris has lit Christmas lights on Champs-Elysess. Shops windows are decorated for Christmas. Cafe and terraces are animated by people. The Global Climate Conference Paris 2015 is starting Sunday with great expectations for the present and future of our beautiful planet.Paris enjoys its liberty!
As this powerful message written on a paper among lit candles on the pavement, in front of Bataclan Theatre says;
‘ You can kills us, but our Liberty is alive’
November 27, 2015