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.