British Prime Minister David Cameron joined London mayor Boris Johnson this morning to mark the somber occasion of the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 terrorists attacks in London, which left 52 people dead in a series of bombings throughout the city.
Cameron and Johnson laid wreaths at the 7/7 memorial in Hyde Park, where 52 pillars, one for each victim, have been erected. The timing of the 8:50 a.m. ceremony was significant, as that was the exact moment when three for the four bombs were detonated.
"[It's a day to] recall the incredible resolve and resolution of Londoners and the United Kingdom, a day when we remember the threat that we still face," Cameron said in a public statement, The Guardian
reports, "but, above all it’s a day when we think of the grace and the dignity of the victims’ families for all they have been through and we honor the memory of those victims and all those that were lost 10 years ago today."
A morning service at St. Paul's Cathedral drew crowds, with red, white, and pink petals cascading down the whispering gallery in remembrance. At 11:30 a.m., commuters observed a minute of silence, with bus drivers stopping, and Tube and train announcements being halted. A "walk together" initiative had Londoners paying their respects to the victims by exiting their trains a stop early and marching together as one.
Here, photos from the day stand alongside memories from a few Londoners who talked to R29 about what they remember from that terrible event.