Bastille Day becomes day of remembrance at Raleigh’s Lafayette Village

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Lafayette Village transformed its previously planned Bastille Day festivities to a day of remembrance for the 84 victims of Thursday’s terror attacks.

“We have decided to dedicate every single French song we play today to the city of Nice in France,” the lead singer of Tea Cup Gin said as she introduced her band’s set.

Bastile Day celebrates the start of the French Revolution.

Hundreds in nice were watching fireworks for the holiday when a truck struck the large crowd, killing and wounding many Thursday night.

The attack has since been claimed by ISIS and French authorities have identified Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, as the driver.

While people in North Raleigh enjoyed the various performances and French cuisine, many attendee tell CBS North Carolina the terror attack is heavy on their minds.

“I had mentioned it to my wife the other day and I said it’d be nice to show up and see what we can do,” said Ishwar Hassamal, of Cary. “It was really sad that that had to happen yet again and the suffering that had happened over there.”

Raleigh resident, Claire Vervaert said, “Whether it’s Nice or anywhere all over the world our whole world is going backwards to the dark ages it seems to me.”

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