If there was one message Celine Dion wanted to send with her Las Vegas residency show Tuesday night (May 23), it was “Manchester, we are with you.”
Those words were projected behind the French-Canadien singer as she performed for her Caesars Palace crowd, paying tribute to the U.K. city after a bomb killed 22 people at Manchester Arena following Ariana Grande‘s concert at the venue the night before. Dion asked those in attendance to join hands for a moment of silence for those who lost their lives, as well as those affected by the attack.
“Come on, everybody, stand up, and you know what, raise your hands and join them to the person on either side of you, please,” Dion instructed. “Let’s stand up for Manchester and show them that we care. We’re filming this and we’re going to send it across the ocean to those beautiful souls, so let’s do that. That’s it.”
After the somber tribute, Dion thanked her audience for the beautiful moment. “They will be seeing you, they’re going to feel your love.” Take a look at the powerful moment:
Upon hearing about the attack, Dion took to social media to express her sadness. “My prayers and thoughts go out to all of those who have lost their loved ones and to those who are suffering,” she wrote. “I pray that you will receive the courage and strength to get through this. I am with you…”