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Madrid Memorial Unveiled at Atocha Station

Posted on Mar 11, 2007

Victims of the Madrid train bombings were honored today with a dedication ceremony for the new 36-foot glass memorial at the city’s Atocha station. Terrorist explosions at or near the station three years ago claimed 191 lives and injured more than 1,700.  King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez and other Spanish dignitaries joined family members and mourners for Sunday’s service.


The 11m-tall (36ft) cylinder stands outside Atocha station, the destination of the four trains that were attacked.

Thousands of messages of condolence made in the days after the attacks are inscribed on the inside of the tower.

King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero attended a sombre ceremony at the site.

Wreaths were laid at the foot of the tower and mourners observed three minutes of silence.

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By Gil, June 15, 2007 at 7:44 am Link to this comment
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It has been a coming into tradition where-in few moments people respect and honor their true beloved ones, continouing life for a reason not to choose the upposit
I stand infront with eack in my heart wish for better communication between people and nations hoping to find a glimps of beloved face…

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By Quy Tran, March 11, 2007 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment
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Where’s memorial for those who sacrificed in vain in Iraq and Afghanistan battle fields ?

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