Photos Of Manchester Vigils Highlight The City's Strength

by Alex Gladu
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As well-wishers around the world sent prayers and encouraging words their way, individuals in Manchester, England gathered in remembrance on Tuesday, the day after a bomb exploded during an Ariana Grande concert. More than 20 people were killed in the explosion, and dozens more were injured, marking the worst terror attack on UK soil in more than 10 years, according to NPR. As the somber day drew on, several Manchester vigils took place, bringing people together in support of the victims — and very much in opposition to the extremist violence that put them there.

The explosion occurred near the Manchester Arena toward the end of the concert, sometime around 10:30 p.m. local time. Photos and videos of the explosion shared on social media on Monday night showed a chaotic scene, with people — many of them young women and girls — trying to escape the stadium. By Tuesday, some concertgoers remained unaccounted for.

As the number of identified victims increased, the true toll of the explosion became clearer, but no less severe. In honor of those victims and the heartbroken community of Manchester, vigils gave people a chance to reflect on what had happened and mourn what — and whom — was taken.

I Love MCR

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Many supporters carried signs that read, "I <3 MCR."

Albert Square

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A large vigil took place in Albert Square, less than a mile from the site of the Manchester Arena.

Moment Of Silence

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Public figures, including Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, spoke to the crowds, leading them in a moment of silence.

Organized Reflection

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The streets of Manchester were flooded with supporters.


#ManchesterStrong became popular on social media during Tuesday's vigils.


Crowds in Albert Square were treated to refreshments thanks to dedicated volunteers.

Coming Together

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The tragedy brought together a diverse group of volunteers and supporters.

Prayers And Love

Manchester's Syrian community stood with the city.

Standing Room Only

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Crowds huddled around city streets, monuments, and each other.

Town Hall

The vigil consumed a major part of downtown Manchester.

Paying Respects

Some vigil-goers appeared to leave tokens of remembrance behind, including flowers and votive candles.


The loss suffered in Monday's attack was painfully visible during Tuesday's vigils.

Not Afraid

Encouraging messages showed Manchester's strength during this tough time.

World's Media

The Manchester vigil was heard 'round the world.


Beyond Manchester, vigils took place throughout England on Tuesday.


Toward London, a crowd also gathered in Oxford.


Supporters in Liverpool appeared to decorate the pavement with encouraging messages.

Together We Stand

Messages included, "Together We Stand," and, "All you need is love."

Trafalgar Square

In London, victims were honored with posters that encouraged people to "turn to love."

While vigils took place around the United Kingdom on Tuesday, messages of encouragement came from around the world. Celebrities, public officials, and others took a moment to show their support for the broken city. From the looks of the crowd, the city of Manchester won't remain broken for long.