EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The devastating fire in Paris is shocking people here in mid-Michigan as well.
This Alumni Memorial Chapel on Michigan State University’s campus was built in the early 1950’s and a number of the stones in it are more than 500 years old, with some of them being from the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.
The stones were given to the chapel in support of it being open to all religions and faiths.
6 News spoke with a French professor at MSU this afternoon who says the burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral not only impacts the people of Paris, but those all around the world.
“I saw on Facebook, all of the people I know are right now posting images and articles and everybody is expressing great sadness,” said Anne Violin-Wigent, an associate professor of French at MSU. “I think it’s touching the heart of everybody who has been to France, who likes the French language and French culture, because it’s such a powerful symbol.”