London unveils monument to 7/7 victims

Tue Jul 7, 2009 1:17pm EDT
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By Harpreet Bhal

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Britain marked the fourth anniversary of suicide bombings on London's transport system by unveiling a monument on Tuesday made up of 52 steel pillars to commemorate each of the victims.

Survivors and relatives of the victims paid tribute at the monument in Hyde Park, built to honor those killed when bombs ripped through three London underground trains and a bus on July 7, 2005.

The structure, comprising steel columns with individual characteristics, was commissioned by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on behalf of the families of victims.

Prince Charles said the monument fulfils a deeply held need for the survivors and victims.

"Each one offers a path to peace and healing, each one honors the dead and each remind us to lead our lives in a way that would make them proud," he said.

He was joined by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, London Mayor Boris Johnson and a host of other dignitaries who witnessed the unveiling of the monument at the south east corner of the park.

Names of the victims were read out and a minute's silence observed.

Architects Carmody Groarke said the 52 columns were grouped to represent the locations of the bombings in Tavistock Square, Edgware Road, Kings Cross and Aldgate, and families of victims were involved in choosing the design and location of the monument.   Continued...