Message by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the 15th Anniversary of 7/7 Bombings
7 July 2020
No one who was in London on the 7th of July 2005 will ever forget what they experienced that day. And for those directly affected by what happened, the loved ones of the 52 victims, the hundreds who suffered physical injury, mental trauma, the emergency services and tube staff who rushed to help and witnessed truly horrific scenes. For them, the passage of time will have done little to numb the pain they feel.
And while all such anniversaries are difficult, I know this one will be especially hard. At times like this, people want to be able to come together, to be together, to remember and to reflect together. But the ongoing pandemic means that can’t happen as it normally would. So I really want to thank everyone who volunteered to organise this virtual memorial today.
It’s the kind of community spirit that makes the capital such a special place. And it reminds me, not of the great evil that visited London that summer morning, but what we witnessed in the hours, the days, the weeks that followed. Because when this city was attacked by those who sought to divide us, London responded with the simple truth that whoever you are, wherever you’re from, whatever the colour of your skin, or the name of the God you worship, if you choose to come to London, make your life here, then you are a Londoner. And when you really need it, when you think you can’t go on, when you’ve been knocked down and can’t get back on your feet, then this city and its people will extend a hand and hold a total stranger close as if they were family.
That is the kind of city London is, those are the kind of people Londoners are. We saw it on that horrendous day in 2005 and we saw it when others tried and failed to drive a wedge between us in the years that followed. Because this city is stronger than any hate-filled ideology.
And as we remember those who were lost and pledge once again to support those who survived, our message to those who would do us harm is as clear and simple today as it was on the T-shirts that appeared overnight 15 years ago: We are not afraid.