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Remembering the Victims of London’s 7/7 Bombings

Today 7 years ago tragedy struck the capital.  The day before London had been announced as the winner of the 2012 summer Olympics.  When I moved here in September 2008 the bombings were still in my mind.  I wasn’t scared of being in London (if I was I wouldn’t have come) but riding the tube did make me feel a bit anxious.

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One of my first memories of the tube was riding the escalator out of Kings Cross, looking around and thinking that something here was amiss.  There was damage everywhere.  It didn’t click for me, not until months later when I went to the Museum of London and came across a Book of Tributes.  As I flipped through I read about the events of 7/7/2005.  I read about the 52 people who died that day and the 700 injured.

In the run up to the anniversary this week there was a documentary on called One Day in London.  It speaks to the survivors of the attacks and others involved, passersby, rescue workers etc.  It is tastefully done but understandably quite emotional for the survivors and family members.

The story that stayed with me was a man’s near the end of the program.  He spoke about being on the carriage, an explosion struck and the woman beside him was badly hit and died.  She was the same age as him and had their positions been switched she would have survived and he would have died.  For the longest time he couldn’t get past this.  That is until speaking to the woman’s brother.  The brother encouraged him to let the ‘what if’ go and live his life as that is what she would have wanted.  I think easier said than done but he said those words helped him to do just that.

A monument honouring the dead was erected give years later in Hyde Park in 2009.  52 stainless steel columns standing 11.5 ft tall.  Each one is unique and they have been grouped together in four clusters to reflect the separate locations of the bombings – Tavistock Square, Edgware Road, King’s Cross and Aldgate.  A stainless steel plaque naming all those who died has also been erected at the memorial site between the park’s Lover’s Walk and Park Lane.  If you live here this documentary is required viewing.

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16 thoughts on “Remembering the Victims of London’s 7/7 Bombings

  1. Scary stuff, and so very sad – I was just leaving for London on 7/7. Sure didn’t feel like a good omen. The memorial in Hyde Park is a very good memorial, but I didn’t realize the Museum of London had that book – I’ll have to check it out.

    Thanks for visiting Manana Mama 🙂

    • I can just imagine what you must have been feeling coming to London on the day of the events. I have yet to check out the memorial myself yet. The book was set up with it’s own little area but since they have refurbished the museum I haven’t seen it the last few times I went. Ask them about it when you go. Welcome, you have a great blog.

  2. Reblogged this on Spinster's Compass and commented:
    There really isn’t much to add to this. As with September 11, 2001 in the United States, this day is one that’ll never be forgotten in the United Kingdom. Take a look at the original blog post for more about today.

    • Thanks for sharing the post. 9/11 hits closer to home physically (of course) but also mentally for me. It was my first week of uni and in my morning class my professor anounced what happened and then let us go for the day. I skipped the rest of my classes to go to my room and call home. I have a lot of family living in New York and needless to say there was a lot of panic for us trying to get news about them.

      • You’re welcome.

        I wasn’t home at the time, but my parents were, and my brother was (and still is) in the military. Needless to say, I was in anxiety mode for days (possibly weeks). I remember just about all the details of that day and the following days, so I definitely understand how people may feel today.

  3. I was in London on that day and due to go to a meeting in Russell Square at the time of the bombing but was cancelled last minute. Being in the area at that time was scary. My heart goes out to the families that lost loved ones and for the people caught up who’s lives will never be the same. Not even a mention on the news today…it’s amazing how it’s all forgotten.

    • Thank you for sharing that Glen. The documentary shows how much confusion was going on at the time even on parts of the tube. Clearly they knew something was happening but didn’t know what. My heart goes out to everyone involved. I do find it odd as well that I haven’t heard anything on the news. At work earlier I was listening to LBC and they discussed it and the safety of London. I can appreciate remembering the past and moving on but they seemed to have missed the remembering part.

  4. This reminds me of 9/11 all over again. Senseless and tragic. On 9/11 I was in the subway station under the first building when it got hit so I understand the emotion that comes with being so close but still surviving.

    This is another reminder to live each day as if it’s our last. It’s a reminder to chase dreams and live fearlessly.

  5. Scary… I was stuck at the office, just behind The Strand, an area where there are so many Government buildings that I was really scared. I’ve never liked the tube a lot, but I like it even less since then.

    • Very scary. I have just recently spoken to friends who were in the country when it happened. You do of course have to get on with life but it is just something that even if you weren’t directly affected it stays with you and plays out in some way in your life.

  6. This is a really moving post. I read something the other day about how a woman couldn’t get on a bus and she was so angry, she walked on after it to try get on at the next stop. That was the Tavistock Square bus and she saw it disintegrate before her eyes.

    • Wow, that is crazy. My Italian teacher in uni was supposed to go to the world trade centre for business and at the last minute the meeting was cancelled. She would have been there when the planes hit. I’m sure there are so many stories similar to these. Can’t imagine how someone copes with that powerful/traumatic visual and moves on with life.

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