Ariana Grande took to social media to remember the victims of the Manchester Arena attack on its fourth anniversary. Paying tribute to the 22 people who lost their lives in the tragedy, Grande posted an illustration of a heart made up of 22 bees, which is a symbol of Manchester.
“Although grief is ever-present and our relationship to it is constantly evolving and expressing itself in different ways every day, year round, I know that this anniversary will never be an easy one,” wrote the popstar on Instagram.“Please know that I am thinking of you today. Manchester, my heart is with you today and always.”
Beneath the illustration, were the names of the 22 people killed in the bombing on May 22, 2017 as they were leaving Grande’s concert: “John Atkinson, Courtney Boyle, Philip Tron, Kelly Brewster, Georgina Callander, Olivia Campbell-Hardy, Liam Curry, Chloe Rutherford, Wendy Fawell, Martyn Hett, Alison Howe, Lisa Lees, Megan Hurley, Nell Jones, Michelle Kiss, Angelika Klis, Marcin Klis, Sorrell Leczkowski, Eilidh MacLeod, Elaine McIver, Saffie Rose Roussos, Jane Tweddle.”
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Two weeks after the bombing that year, Grande had returned to the city to headline the One Love Manchester benefit concert in honor of the victims. She was joined by musical stars including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Little Mix, and Miley Cyrus. All proceeds from the concert went to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, established by Manchester City Council.
Construction on a permanent garden memorial for the victims is also underway in Manchester. Called Glade of Light, it includes a halo-like circle made from stone featuring names of the people who died. The area is set to be a safe space for people to have quiet time with their thoughts and view the personalised memory capsules provided by family and friends.