A Muslim Bride Pays Tribute To Sydney Siege Victims In The Most Touching Way

Australia stands strong in the face of terrorism. Thousands of tributes have been paid to the victims of the siege in Sydney, Australia, in the past week.

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However, the one offered by a Muslim bride has garnered special attention of the locals as well as the Internet.

The 23-year-old, identified as Manal Kassem from the Sydney suburb of Punchbowl, took some time out from her wedding day to visit Martin Place – the site where gunman Man Haron Monis held 17 hostages inside the Lindt chocolate café. The 17-hour ordeal ended with the deaths of two innocent people, Katrina Dawson, 38, and Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson, 34.  The attacker was also shot dead by the police.

Since the incident, Martin Place – the center of the country's biggest city – has become a memorial site with hundreds of people coming in to pay their respects.

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But this past weekend, all eyes were fixed on Kassem. As she laid her wedding bouquet, onlookers broke into applause.

The bride had reportedly chosen the location for her wedding photo shoot, but was hesitant in the light of recent events.

“She was going to cancel [the photo shoot] because she didn’t want to be judged ... celebrating her wedding in a scarf while people were terrorized,” Kassem’s wedding planner Dina Kheir stated in an interview. “But she made it her priority to visit the memorial site as the first pit stop.

“She did it out of respect for her country, that will one day be the country of her children and grandchildren.”

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A lot of people are praising Kassem on the Internet as well.

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