Thousands of people in Belgium and beyond observed a minute of silence on Wednesday, the first of three official days of mourning for the victims of the airport and subway terror attacks.
Huge crowds gathered in the Place de la Bourse in Brussels to honor the 31 victims of the explosions. Signs of mourning are apparent throughout Brussels, from the flags flown at half-staff to electronic billboards scrolling through tweets of solidarity using the hashtag #JeSuisBruxelles.
The memorial outside the Bourse was Belgian in every way — from the flags propped in Trappist beer bottles to the young people quietly eating the city's famous "frites" — or fries — on the stairs of the Bourse under a banner reading "United Against Hatred."
The attacks show "we're not safe anywhere, " Kevin Ferelol said. "In France, the U.S., here... We never would have believed it."