Boston Remembers Paris Victims at Boston Common Rally

BOSTON, 15 Nov 2015: People help raise the French flags at a rally in support of France and Paris at the Boston Common Sunday. (Photo by: Nikita Sampath/BUNS)
Written by BU News Service

Megan Moore
BU News Service

A crowd of about 200, draped in the red, white and blue of the French flag, gathered Sunday afternoon on the Boston Common to show support for the victims of the terror attacks that took place Friday in Paris.

Several high profile officials were in attendance at the rally including Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and US Senator Elizabeth Warren. French General Consulate Valéry Freland requested a moment of silence from the crowd. Baker told Freland that “Boston stand[s] with France.”

BOSTON, 15 Nov 2015: Governor Baker (R) and US Senator Elizabeth Warren (L) among high profile officials at a rally in support of France on the Boston Common Sunday. (Photo by: Nikita Sampath/BUNS)

BOSTON, 15th Nov 2015: Valéry Freland, the French Consul General in Boston at the Rally in support for Paris at the Boston Common Sunday. (Photo by: Nikita Sampath/BUNS)

BOSTON, 15 Nov 2015: Valéry Freland, the French Consul General in Boston at a rally in support of Paris on the Boston Common Sunday. (Photo by: Nikita Sampath/BUNS)

Kelsey Loconte and husband Sam attended the rally to show support of their family and friends that live in Paris.

“It’s really scary that this is the third terrorist attack that France has endured this year and it’s not the end of these terrorist attacks,” Kelsey Loconte said. “It’s important to seek comfort in others during these times.”

France is in a three-day period of mourning for the 129 people killed in the attack.

Governor Charlie Baker announced at the State House that heightened security measures have been put in place at locations around the Boston including Logan Airport and the State House. There was a police presence around the rally Sunday afternoon.

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