On Tuesday, Brussels, Belgium, was terrorized by attacks that include three explosions in the airport and train station in the middle of downtown.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for those terrorist attacks that killed over 30 people and injured well over 200.
“Today the people of the united states and Argentina stand with the Belgian people and express our extraordinary sorrow for the losses they’ve experienced,” President Barack Obama said while visiting Argentina.
The attacks have prompted countless vigils to be held throughout the world, including right here in Rockford — something officials say is very important.
“We want to be ready with prayer services as soon after an event happens so that we can join with others in prayer around the world,” Phyllis Peterson of the Rockford Interfaith Council says.
Nearly 20 people turned out at the vigil and prayer service today held at the Highcrest Shopping Center in Rockford, and organizers believe all of them benefited greatly.
“A way to build the community and they’ll go away feeling much more supported, less alone, and more that we are all in this together in this world,” Denver Bitner, a member of the Interfaith Council, said.
If you have not attended a service like this, Peterson wants to stress events like the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks can and will continue to happen — and coming together can help alleviate fears and worries.
“This isn’t the last event we’re going to hold. This is going to happen again until there is peace in the world,” Peterson says.