Europe mourned for South Asia on Wednesday.

The European Union observed three minutes of silence at noon to remember the 150,000 people killed by tsunamis the day after Christmas. Some U.S. military installations in Europe followed suit.

The Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union called for flags to fly at half-staff. Even the famously precise German rail travel squealed to a brief halt. Trains in stations at noon sat still until at least 12:01 p.m. Deutsch Bahn, the rail authority, asked its staff and customers to respect the observance.

Europe’s royalty, such as the crowns of Britain and Luxembourg, also endorsed the tribute. Prayers for the dead were said in England’s Canterbury Cathedral.

The U.S. Army’s Installation Management Agency-Europe spread news to bases about the observance.

“We’ve just kind of gotten the word out for informational purposes,” said Kim Walz, spokeswoman for the agency.

Bases reacted in different ways. At the 233rd Base Support Battalion in Darmstadt, base access was halted briefly at noon.

“We observed it in support,” said Terri Viedt, battalion spokeswoman. “It’s a natural thing to do.”

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