A woman walks past a ‘I Love Manchester’ sign ahead of the Manchester Arena National Service of Commemoration at Manchester Cathedral to mark one year since the attack on Manchester Arena, Tuesday May 22, 2018. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

Ariana Grande sends message of hope on anniversary of Manchester bombing

Prince William joins survivors and emergency workers for remembrance service

Ariana Grande shared a message of hope with fans Tuesday as dignitaries, survivors, first responders and the people of Manchester gathered to mark the anniversary of the concert bombing that killed 22 people.

The pop star told survivors and the families of victims that she was “thinking of you all today and every day.”

“I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day,” she wrote in a tweet that included a bee, the civic symbol of Manchester.

Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old Briton of Libyan descent, blew himself up as fans were leaving Grande’s concert at Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017. Twenty-two concertgoers were killed, and police say more than 800 people were left “with physical and deep psychological injuries.”

Across Manchester, a 19th-century industrial powerhouse turned diverse and creative modern city, residents made defiant statements of unity in the face of extremist violence.

Some laid bouquets of flowers in St. Ann’s Square others left hand-written notes on Japanese maples that have been planted to form a “Trees of Hope” trail through the city. One note cited U.S. Episcopal bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at Saturday’s royal wedding: “As a clever bishop said ‘there is power in love.”’

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said it was a day to “come together.”

Thousands of people paused outside Manchester Cathedral at 2:30 p.m. for a minute of silence that was observed across the country — including in Parliament, where lawmakers paused their debates and fell still.

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Prince William and Prime Minister Theresa May joined survivors and emergency workers who responded to the attack for a remembrance service at the cathedral.

A choir sang “Amazing Grace” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and humanist leaders all addressed the congregation.

On the altar stood 22 lit candles, made from the wax of thousands of candles left in the city’s St. Ann’s Square in the days after the attack.

William read a passage from the Bible’s book of Corinthians, ending: “Faith, hope and love abide, these three but the greatest of these is love.”

Robby Potter, who was hit by shrapnel as he waited to pick his daughter up from the concert, said he felt he had to come to the service “to support the families who have lost people.”

“We were very lucky, we know how lucky we are,” he told Sky News. “It’s a case of standing strong. The country stood strong, especially Manchester.”

Later, thousands of people — including a choir of survivors — are due to gather for a concert and sing-song in St. Ann’s Square. The event will include renditions of Grande’s “One Last Time” and “Look Back In Anger” by Oasis, which became an unofficial anthem of Manchester after the bombing.

Bells on the city hall and churches will ring out at 10:31 p.m., a year since the bomb exploded.

Police say 100 investigators are still working on the case. The U.K. has issued an arrest warrant for Abedi’s younger brother, Hashem Abedi, and is seeking his extradition from Libya — a far-from-straightforward process given that country’s political chaos.

The Associated Press

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Members of the public observe a minute’s silence in Cathedral Gardens, during the Manchester Arena National Service of Commemoration at Manchester Cathedral, in Manchester, England, Tuesday May 22, 2018. Ariana Grande shared a message of hope with fans Tuesday as dignitaries, survivors and first responders gathered to mark the anniversary of the bombing at Manchester Arena that killed 22 people. (Dave Higgens/PA via AP)

Britain’s Prince William ties a message on a ‘Tree of Hope’, after the Manchester Arena National Service of Commemoration at Manchester Cathedral for a remembrance service at Manchester Cathedral, Manchester, England, on Tuesday May 22, 2018, to mark one year since the attack on Manchester Arena. Prince William and Prime Minister Theresa May joined survivors and emergency workers who responded to the attack. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

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