7 July 2005 London bombings memorials and services
Following the events of the
7 July 2005 London bombings, the United Kingdomand other nations have devised many ways to honour the dead and missing. Most of these memorials included moments of silence, candle-lit vigils, and laying of flowers at the bombing sites. Foreign leaders have also honoured the dead by ordering their flags to be half-staffed, signed books of condolences at embassies of the United Kingdom, and issued messages of support and condolences to the British people.
*The government ordered the
Union Flagto be flown at half-mast on July the 8th. [(July 7, 2005). " [http://www.utvlive.com/newsroom/indepth.asp?id=62372&pt=n| Union Flag to Fly at Half-Mast] ". UTV. Retrieved September 4, 2007.]
July 9, the Bishop of London led prayers for the victims during a service paying tribute to the role of women during World War II.
* A [http://www.mabonline.info/english/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=424 Vigil for the Victims of the London Bombings] was held from 5pm on Saturday
9 July, at Friends Meeting House garden, Euston Road, opposite Euston station, London, UK. The vigil was called by Stop the War Coalition, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmamentand Muslim Association of Britain.
* A two minute silence for the victims of the bombings was held on
July 14, 2005throughout Europe. [(July 10, 2005). " [http://www.guardian.co.uk/attackonlondon/story/0,16132,1525387,00.html| Europe to Mark Tragedy With Two Minutes of Silence] ". " The Guardian". Retrieved September 4, 2007.]
July 14, thousands attended a vigil at 18.00 on Trafalgar Square. After an initial silence there was a series of speakers for the next two hours. Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks speaking of London said: "It has the courage not to give terror the victory of making us angry and in our anger lose the values that make us what we are. Let that courage unite us now." His words were echoed by many of the other speakers.
* A memorial service was held at
St Paul's Cathedral, on the 1st November 2005. [(November 1, 2005). " [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4394062.stm| Tributes Paid to Bombing Victims] ". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved September 4, 2007.]
* A two minute silence was held at 12:00
BSTon July 7, 2006across the country to commemorate those who died, or who were affected by the events. [(July 7, 2006). " [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/5153678.stm| Nation Remembers July 7 Victims] ". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved September 4, 2007.]
* A permanent memorial is planned. [(February 13, 2006). " [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4707546.stm| July Bomb Memorial Plan Welcomed] ". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved September 4, 2007.]
Auckland, New Zealand, Prince William of Walessigned the book of condolence at the British consulate.
Washington, DC, the U.S. Army band played " God Save the Queen" outside the British Embassy. Dozens of flower bouquets and notes were left at the embassy with messages such as, "Today, we are all British". [(July 7, 2005). " [http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/07/us.response/index.html| U.S. raises terror alert for transit systems - Jul 7, 2005] ". CNN.com. Retrieved April 16, 2008.] US President George W. Bushvisited the Embassy on July 8, upon his return from the G8 summit, and signed the book of condolence. [(July 8, 2005). " [http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/07/20050708-9.html President Signs Book of Condolence at British Embassy] ". whitehouse.gov. Retrieved April 16, 2008.] On July 12, a Detroit Symphony Orchestrabrass ensemble played "God Save the Queen" during the pre-game festivities of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Comerica Parkin Detroit.
*CAN - All federal government buildings and establishments across Canada, including the
Peace Tower, and in the United Kingdom. [(September 1, 2005). " [http://www.canadianheritage.gc.ca/progs/cpsc-ccsp/berne-halfmasting/index_e.cfm| Half Masting of the Flag] ". Canadian Heritage. Retreieved September 4, 2007.]
*NZL - Prime Minister
Helen Clarkrequested that flags in New Zealand fly at half mast the day following the bombings. [(July 8, 2005). " [http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/411749/596569| No Known New Zealand Casualties in London] ". tvnz.co.nz. Retrieved September 4, 2007.]
*FRA - President
Jacques Chiracrequested that flags in France fly at half mast for 3 days.
Moments of Silence
* - The
European Parliamentheld a minute of silence to mourn the victims of the explosions.
*POL - The Polish Parliament,
Sejmlower house observed a moment of silence.
*IRL - The
Irish Governmentorganised a two minute silence [(July 12, 2005). " [http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/index.asp?locID=199&docID=2085| Government Calls for Two Minutes Silence] ". Department of the Taoiseach. Retrieved September 4, 2007.] on Thursday July 14th, at the same time as in the United Kingdom.
*ESP - "God Save the Queen" was played at the changing of the royal guard at
Plaza de Orientein Madridin memorial to the victims of the attack. The ceremony was attended by the British Ambassador, and members of the Spanish Royal Family. After the Madrid train bombings, the UK hosted a similar ceremony at Buckingham Palace. [(July 13, 2005). " [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4679293.stm| Spain Royal Guard Honours London] ". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved September 4, 2007.]
*AUS - "God Save the Queen" was sung at a service at
St. Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney. Prime Minister John Howardread a bible passage and Phillip Jensengave a sermon on the problem of evil and what the Bible says about this.
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