On July 7, 2005, my husband and I were en route from Oxford to Devon when electronic signs overlooking the motorway flashed, warning drivers to "Avoid London; roads closed. Turn on radio." And of course we did, to hear the somber news that sent chills down my spine.
That day 52 people lost their lives and hundreds others were injured in bombings on the London Underground and a bus. Today, I join with millions of others in honouring those who died one year ago. I salute the courageous police, firefighters, doctors, paramedics and rescue personnel who helped save so many lives, as well as the ordinary Londoners who bravely came to the aid of their fellow citizens.
I also pay tribute to the survivors who have overcome numerous physical and emotional handicaps to rebuild their lives. May we all seek more tolerance, understanding and respect for one another, so that such a tragedy is never repeated.