The Manchester Bombing

We fly into Manchester, England two or three times each year, and then travel to Lincoln, which is a city about 120 miles from Manchester.  We are in Lincoln now, and have been for more than a week.

The bombing at the Manchester Arena where American singer Ariana Grande was performing, killed 23 people, including children, teenagers and adults, who were there to see this amazing singer.   Additionally, 116 people were injured, some very critically.

The attack took place in the foyer of the concert hall where many parents and friends were waiting for the 21,000 people to exit the concert.  As people were exiting, the bomber blew himself up with a device that first killed him, and then so many people who happened to be in the foyer at the end of the concert hall.

The resilience of the British people is what is significant to me in hour of tragedy for so many families, and friends of the victims of the attack.

“Don’t Look Back in Anger,” by hometown band Oasis, emerged as an uplifting emblem of resilience after Monday’s deadly bombing there.  It started with a single person singing at a moment of silence in central Manchester at St. Anne’s Square for the victims of the bombing.  According to the Guardian, the singing began when Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow started to sing the 1996 Oasis song.  Soon, hundreds of people joined in as they left the Square.

Here is the resilience.

About Jack Hassard

Jack Hassard is a writer, a former high school teacher, and Professor Emeritus of Science Education, Georgia State University