Conservator Lucy Ackland cleans Winston Churchill‘s memorial stone in Westminster Abbey on Thursday in London, England. Events, including a wreath laying ceremony at Westminster Abbey, are taking place this week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death and state funeral of Britain’s wartime leader.
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Visitors lay flowers at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney’s financial district
Indian police pay tribute to the victims of the Mumbai terror attacks at a Mumbai memorial on Wednesday. More than 160 people, including 26 foreign nationals, died in the three-day attack six years ago
People gather at the Aviation Martyr Memorial in Nanjing, east China‘s Jiangsu province, on Wednesday to commemorate those who died at the 69th anniversary of victory over Japan in the second world war
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Visitors head to the 69th anniversary commemoration of the dropping of the atomic bomb, which in 1945 destroyed much of Hiroshima and three days later Nagasaki effectively ending the second world war. The ceremony took place on Wednesday in front of the atomic bomb dome at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Japan
Bosnian Muslim women crouch over the coffin of a relative, one of 175 newly identified victims from the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in Potocari Memorial Center, near Srebrenica
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A visitor prays at the grave of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Old Montefiore Cemetery in the Queens borough of New York
A Palestinian girl holds Turkish flags in Gaza Port on Thursday during the visit of the Turkish ambassador in Palestine Sakir Torunlar to lay flowers at the memorial of the 10 activists killed aboard the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara in 2010 after it was boarded by Israeli forces
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Sri Lankans read a memorial for those killed in the decades-long conflict against the Tamil Tigers to mark National War Heroes Day in Colombo
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, along with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton tour the Memorial Hall at the National September 11 Memorial Museum with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Thursday
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Afghan children pose for a photograph holding images of victims of war during a memorial ceremony in front of the destroyed palace of Darul Aman in Kabul. Members of the Transitional Justice Group, survivors and civil society activists gathered to pay tribute to the memory of those killed during the last three decades of war in Afghanistan.
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Students from Danwon high school pay tribute to fellow classmates at a special altar at the Olympic Memorial Hall in Ansan, South Korea, to the victims of the ferry disaster in which 150 passengers are known to have died, with another 152 still missing
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Liverpool fans sing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ during a memorial service on Tuesday marking the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England
Mejra Dzogaz cries near the graves of her family members at a memorial centre for victims of the Srebrenica massacre in Potocari, Bosnia. Ms Dzogaz lost her three sons, husband and father in the massacre.
Crimean schoolchildren dressed as Soviet navy servicemen perform the change of the honor guard ceremony at the Memorial to the Heroes of the defense of Sevastopol 1941-1942 in Sevastopol, Crimea. It was the first change of guards since the beginning of the unrest in Ukraine. The monument’s eternal flame was lit in honor of Russian soldiers who died defending the city against the Nazis.
People look at the Atocha railway station memorial for the victims of the Madrid train bombings, marking the tenth anniversary of the attack that claimed 191 lives and injured more than 1800 others. Ten bombs exploded on board four commuter trains. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the blasts. which it said were punishment for Spain‘s role in the US-led invasion of Iraq
A woman prays for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture. Tuesday marks the third anniversary of the event that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis in 2011.
People pay tribute at the Shahid Minar, a memorial for martyrs of the national language movement, on International Mother Language Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh. On the same day in 1952, several University of Dhaka students were killed when police opened fire on a protest demanding their mother-language Bangla be made a state language.
A man visits the Holocaust Memorial at the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Berlin. The German parliament, the Bundestag, held a special remembrance session at the Reichstag building in commemoration of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp on January 27, 1945.
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A Eritrean woman attends the commemoration ceremony for the victims of the boat disaster off the Lampedusa coast in San Leone near Agrigento, Italy. Victims of the disaster, in which more than 300 asylum seekers died, have been buried in unknown vaults despite Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta‘s promise to hold a state funeral for the dead.