Scott Thompson: Hamilton pays #TorontoStrong tribute to a neighbour

People place flowers and candles at a makeshift memorial remembering the victims of a shooting on Sunday evening on Danforth, Ave. in Toronto on Monday, July 23, 2018. The Canadian Press/Mark Blinch

Toronto has received condolences and well wishes from all over the world after the horrendous shooting on the Danforth that has shaken the famous neighbourhood to the core.

Wednesday, Mayor Fred Eisenberger of Hamilton tweeted out a unique condolence to the City of Toronto and its Greektown.

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The tweet read, “Flags at city hall are at half-staff and the Hamilton sign is being lit in blue and white highlighting the letters ‘TO’ in Hamilton in support of #Toronto following the shooting on the #Danforth. #HamOnt”

When you look at the sign lit up, it sends chills down your spine.

What a beautiful, subtle tribute to the big city down the QEW, as we share their pain.

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Always rivals in sport, but shoulder-to-shoulder when one needs the other — one world-class city to another.

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Other world-class cities have paid similar tributes, far and wide.

While trying to make sense of tragedy, it almost seems an ironic sidebar that a sign that took a lifetime for Hamilton to build has made such a heartfelt impact, but on another city — as well as around the world.

Not to take away from what is truly important at this very difficult time, but it’s nice to see we can express ourselves as a city, with the rest of the world.

#TorontoStrong #HammerProud!

Scott Thompson is the host of The Scott Thompson Show on Global News Radio 900 CHML.

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