Editor's comment: Michael Adkins honours the terror attack victims with solidarity
PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 March 2017
A couple look at floral tributes to the victims of the Westminster terrorist attack. Picture: LAUREN HURLEY/PA WIRE
I have no doubt that in the weeks, months and years following the Westminster terror attack much will change in terms of security.
Increased armed police response and deployment at key locations, preventative street furniture like the huge metal, yellow structures already lifted into place and, you would hope, a realisation by social media giants and search engines that they too have a crucial role to play.
But it’s important we honour and remember the victims and support their loved ones, because if nothing else these murderous acts show us how fragile life really is.
A Spanish teacher, an American tourist, a pensioner who cleaned former PM Winston Churchill’s windows and Pc Keith Palmer who paid with his life defending parliament and the hundreds who would have been milling around, including MPs, journalists, civil servants and even schoolchildren.
The mix of victims, whether killed or seriously injured, come from all corners of the world and all walks of life.
In Newham, the effects of the murderous rampage is felt acutely - with Pc Palmer’s widow a valued member of staff at Newham Council. It’s hard to comprehend the loss of a loved one, but under such brutal and sudden circumstances it can leave a sense of loss and grief like no other.
The haunting images of the Westminster terror attack will be etched in our minds forever, just like the carnage and devastation caused by the 7/7 London bombings.
But it’s the support and solidarity we show with our neighbours, no matter what creed, colour or religion, that will honour those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.