Tired of London, Tired of Life - A website about things to do in London



For more regular updates, visit Tom's Britain, a new website about things to do in Britain.


8 November 2009

Remember the Glorious Dead at the Cenotaph

Today is Remembrance Sunday, and National Service of Remembrance will be held at 11am at the Cenotaph on Whitehall to remember those who have given their lives for their country in wars around the world.

The monument to them, which stands on Whitehall, was designed by the imperial architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, constructed between 1919 and 1920 in Portland stone and is a Grade I listed building. There is no decoration, except a carved wreath on each end and the words "The Glorious Dead", which were chosen by Rudyard Kipling.

Today, hundreds of veterans and ordinary people will visit to remember those who are no longer with us. They will be joined by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal, the Duke of Kent, the Earl of Wessex, Prince William, the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, leaders of other major political parties, the Foreign Secretary, the Commonwealth High Commissioners and representatives from the Army, Navy and the Royal Air Force, the Merchant Navy.

Even if you do not make it down for the service, it is always an appropriate spot for quiet contemplation.

^Picture from Flickr courtesy of anyjazz65^

No comments:

Post a Comment