After having all its appeals to hold a minute’s silence at the opening ceremony rejected, the Olympic Committee of Israel, the Jewish Committee for the London Games and the Embassy of Israel held the official memorial ceremony to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the terrorist attack at the 1972 Munich Olympics and the tragic murder of 11 Israelis on Monday night.
The families of the slain as well as IOC chief Jacques Rogge, chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games Lord Sebastian Coe and Prime Minister David Cameron all attended the impressive ceremony at the Guildhall.
The ceremony featured the lighting of candles in memory of the 11 Israeli coaches and athletes murdered at the Games in Germany 40 years ago.
“This evening we mark the 40th anniversary of one of the darkest days in the history of the Olympic Games,” Cameron said. “A sickening act of terrorism that betrayed everything the Olympic movement stands for and everything that we in Britain believe in.