On 10th Anniversary Of 7/7 London Bombings, Britons Walk Together In Solidarity For Those Lost In London & Tunisia
Britons held a moment of silence across the United Kingdom Tuesday morning in remembrance of the 7/7 London bombings, which killed 52 people and injured more than 700 on July 7, 2007, in the worst attack on British citizens in recent history. On the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings, commemorations were held at the four sites of the brutal attacks, including in the London Tube. British Prime Minister David Cameron, along with London Mayor Boris Johnson, also laid wreaths for the victims at Hyde Park, where the 7/7 memorial is located.
"Today the country comes together to remember the victims of one of the deadliest terrorist atrocities on mainland Britain," Cameron said at the memorial Tuesday morning. The commemoration held even more significance this year, as Great Britain is still reeling over the terrorist attack on a Tunisian resort in June, which killed at least 15 Britons.
"Ten years on from the 7/7 London attacks, the threat from terrorism continues to be as real as it is deadly," Cameron added Tuesday morning. "The murder of 30 innocent Britons whilst holidaying in Tunisia is a brutal reminder of that fact. But we will never be cowed by terrorism."
"We will keep on doing all that we can to keep the British public safe, protecting vulnerable young minds from others’ extremist beliefs and promoting the shared values of tolerance, love and respect that make Britain so great," the British prime minister said Tuesday in a statement.
Just two days earlier, Cameron's office announced that funds were being administered to create a memorial for the British victims of the Tunisia attack, as well as those U.K. nationals who were killed in other overseas attacks. A separate memorial will also be erected for all the victims of the Tunisian massacre.
"Those who lost their lives in Tunisia last week were innocent victims of a brutal terrorist atrocity," Cameron said Sunday in a statement. "It is right that we mark and commemorate them and others murdered by terrorists overseas, appropriately and support the loved ones they have left behind in every way we can."
Johnson, the London mayor, sent out a series of tweets from the memorial at Hyde Park Tuesday morning. "Ten years may have passed, but London's memory is undimmed," Johnson wrote in a card placed at the memorial grounds.
According to The Independent, London residents were encouraged to not take the bus or Tube Tuesday morning, but to "walk together" as the city came to a halt around 11:30 a.m. The Tube also stopped running at that time.
On Twitter, London residents and politicians alike were using the hashtag #walktogether as they posted powerful photos of commuters walking arm-in-arm throughout the English capital.
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