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Lt. Cmdr. Sam Toothill, far right, and Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Neve, center, both submariners with the British Royal Navy, participated in the observance of a moment of silence for victims of the London bombings Thursday at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy.
Lt. Cmdr. Sam Toothill, far right, and Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Neve, center, both submariners with the British Royal Navy, participated in the observance of a moment of silence for victims of the London bombings Thursday at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy. (Sandra Jontz / S&S)

NAPLES, Italy — Showing defiance to the terrorists who bombed London a week ago “is the only way we know how to do things,” British Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Neve said Thursday. “The speed with which London got back to normal business shows that we are strong.”

He and fellow British Royal Navy submariner Lt. Cmdr. Sam Toothill, serving hundreds of miles from home in Naples, Italy, joined millions of people across Europe Thursday in observing two minutes of silence in observance of the London bombings that occurred one week ago to the day.

“It’s nice to see solidarity in the face of these atrocities,” Toothill said.

U.S. Navy Chaplain (Lt. Cmdr.) Dave McBeth led about a dozen people who gathered at the U.S. Navy’s Capodichino base in Italy for the observance.

Having so many people throughout Europe come together for a moment of prayer or silence “is a value that binds us together,” McBeth said.

On July 7, terrorists exploded bombs in London’s public subway and bus systems, killing 53 people and injuring scores more.

Early Thursday, Marine Gen. James L. Jones, commander of U.S. European Command, issued a message to U.S. forces serving in Europe encouraging them to participate in the Europe-wide moment of silence.

“I encourage all those representing U.S. Forces in Europe — military, civilian, contractors and family members — to join with the people of the U.K. and others throughout Europe in observing two minutes of silence in honor of those who died or were injured in that attack,” Jones said in a statement. “May this reflection strengthen our resolve to defeat the forces of global terrorism.”

U.S. military members stationed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Portugal and Iceland took part in the silent tribute.

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