Mayor announces plans to remember 2017 terrorist attacks
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced plans to mark the anniversaries of the 2017 terrorist attacks at Westminster, London Bridge, Finsbury Park and Parsons Green.
After consultation with 14 bereaved families, survivors, the emergency services and local councils, the Mayor has released details of plans to provide a focal point for Londoners at City Hall and bring the city together in an act of solidarity through #LondonUnited.
To mark the anniversary of each attack, #LondonUnited will be projected on to the Houses of Parliament, London Bridge, Finsbury Park Mosque and Parsons Green Tube station.
Throughout this period of remembrance, City Hall will be open to members of the public who want to pay their respects, both in person and online. Over the coming days and weeks Londoners, and people around the world, are invited to stand in solidarity with our city through sharing their #LondonUnited messages on social media. Messages will be projected at City Hall as part of a digital ‘book of hope’.
The space will open on the anniversary of the first attack in Westminster on 22 March and remain open to the public until the anniversary of the Finsbury Park attack on 19 June.
Later in the year, “London United” exhibitions will be organised to highlight London’s resilience and hope, shine a light on London’s heroes and the bravery of our emergency services, and demonstrate how Londoners come together at times of adversity.
The plans have been agreed following consultation with the families who have lost loved ones, survivors, the Met police and emergency services, and the local authorities in the areas affected.
Many families, friends and communities have their own private arrangements in place to reflect and remember their lost loved ones, and it is important that these plans are respected.
The plans at City Hall are intended to complement, without intruding on, the individual private commemorative activities of bereaved families.
We know thousands of people have been deeply affected by these attacks. If you have suggestions for how we can recognise and remember the events of last summer please get in touch.
Emotional and practical support is available for anyone who was affected by a terrorist attack last year.
Different kinds of support are available including peer support networks, advice on talking to children, and practical assistance. It’s never too late to seek advice.
Visit the Government’s Victims of Terrorism website to find out more.