The famous pop star Ariana Grande had just finished playing at the venue on 22 May 2017, when a terrorist detonated a homemade explosive device and killed 22 people on the spot.
Today while writing on Instagram, Ariana Grande shared a message of solidarity with the victims and with all her fans.
“Not a day goes by that this doesn’t affect you and all of us still,” she said.
She also added, “I will be thinking of you all week and weekend.”
Acknowledging the deaths she said that on the sadness and tremendous heaviness of the anniversary, her heart, her thoughts, and her prayers are with them always.
Ariana Grande ended her message with a black heart and a bee emoji. The bee emoji represented Manchester’s industrial past, which became a symbol of hope in the wake of the attack later with time.
Grande also said she suffered PTSD as a result of the atrocity but she returned to Manchester last year to headline the city’s Pride festival and to be a part of the memorial.
While looking at the history the bombing was carried out by Manchester-born man named Salman Abedi. While the youngest of those who died in the attack was eight years old. Approx 1,000 people were injured in the attack.
The terrorist’s brother, named Hashem Abedi, was convicted of murder earlier this year as well for his role in planning the attacks. But unfortunately, his sentencing has been postponed due to travel restrictions in place due to the coronavirus but once the pandemic if over he will be sentenced immediately.
The pandemic, however, has also affected plans for this year’s memorial to the victims to gather at one place, with social-distancing measures putting a halt on church services due to which standard memorial cannot be conducted.
This means that the Manchester Cathedral will have to broadcast two services on its Facebook page live, urging people to log on at home rather than attend in person like previous years to be on the safe side.
Before these restrictions happened it was really important that we had connectedness and reached out, family and friends, but also the wider community, to come together as said by Figen Murray, who is that father of one of the victims of the attack.
Mrs. Murray also said that Zoom will do this year due to the conditions of the world. Since the pandemic is happening we have all had to adapt and he thinks that this shows how strong the human spirit is.