Saturday, 7 July 2012

7/7 and London Spirit

Seven years ago to this day we lost 52 lives and hundreds more were injured in the horrific suicide attacks in London. While we continue to live our lives, those who had theirs cruelly taken will never be forgotten. Although I don't personally know anyone that was killed or injured in the bombings, everyone in the country felt a mass grievance for all of those that did die. The country had never experienced anything like it before and because the attack was so random and unexpected, people were horrified and shocked. Everyone in the country felt the same emotion that day and we were all united in wanting to find out who was responsible and how to put a stop to a terrorist attack from occurring again. 

Random attacks such as 7/7 occurring made me realise that there are some amazing people in the world. For example, London never came to a standstill after the bombings, everyone just sort of 'got on' with their lives as best as they could. It wasn't because they wanted to forget what happened and disregard it, but more because it needed to be shown that the United Kingdom as a whole is a very strong nation and we needed to prove that the suicide bombers didn't win. There were so many victims that were injured in the bombings; who lost several limbs for example, but they never let it destroy their confidence, but turned their injuries into something positive. For example, I have attached a link about a woman named Martin Wiltshire who had both legs amputated above the knee as a result of being trapped under metal from the train carriage after the bomb was detonated, but now she is representing Great Britain in the Paralympic Women's Sitting Volleyball Team. Reading this article is inspiring because it doesn't only speak about Martine but also about other members of the GB Paralympic Team who have turned their injuries into something positive, which makes you think that life is too short to worry over the petty things.

After reading this article and coming across several other similar stories, I am very proud to say that I am British and my thoughts go out to all the friends and families who were affected by the 7/7 bombings.

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