Britons paused in silence, laid flowers and lit candles Tuesday to mark the 10th anniversary of suicide bombings on London’s transit system in the worst terror attack on British soil and a day of pain seared into London’s collective memory.
Four British men inspired by al-Qaida blew themselves up on three London subway trains and a bus during the morning rush hour on July
7, 2005, killing 52 commuters and injuring more than 700. The memory of that morning remains raw in this country of 64 million. Solemn ceremonies were held throughout the capital, starting at the memorial in London’s Hyde Park devoted to the victims. Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson walked through the memorial’s 52 pillars — one for each victim — to lay wreaths.