Battle of Britain Monument, London

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The Battle of Britain Monument in London is a sculpture on the Victoria Embankment, overlooking the River Thames, which commemorates the British military personnel who took part in the Battle of Britain during the Second World War.It was unveiled on 18 September 2005, the 65th anniversary of the Battle, by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in the presence of many of the surviving airmen known collectively as "The Few", following the Royal Air Force Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication on Battle of Britain Sunday. This service is an annual event, the first of which took place in 1943 at St Paul's Cathedral and since has taken place in Westminster Abbey.The monument was conceived by Bill Bond, founder of the Battle of Britain Historical Society, who was later awarded an MBE for his services to heritage. He was solely responsible for negotiating with the City of Westminster to secure the site of the monument, as well as appointing Donald Insall Associates as architects. He also formed the fundraising committee after raising over £250,000 through an appeal. The budget was £1.74 million which was funded in the main by private donations. Bill Bond appointed Lord Tebbit as chairman of the fundraising committee.
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  • Evening stroll along the banks of the River, coming down from the BigBen stumbled with this little illuminated monument but to broadcast much strength by people sculpted embossing dealing out of stone, emphasizing the Central male figure of a pilot. It is usually against this point flowers and a candle lit in honor of the fallen during this battle of the second world war where the city suffered from the nazi bombing. It is not a very large monument not very flashy, but pilla to step in a busy area, in the political centre, opposite the Ministry of defence of Great Britain.
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  • We came across this large memorial while walking along the embankment. It is an amazing sculpture paying tribute to those who fought in the war. There are large areas of "frieze" showing scenes of all...  more »
  • We have came across this monument unexpectedly during our sightseing the downtown. To my satisfaction, there are also many names of Czechoslovak pilots, which helped Brits in the Battle of Britain in ...  more »
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  • A fantastic tribute to the few people who fought in the battle of Britain.
  • Absolutely stunning memorial to everyone who fought in the Battle of Britain
  • Love popping by and spending a bit of time at this memorial. The bravery of the people that fought in WWII was extraordinary. We need monuments like these so we never forget our fallen.
  • Nice bronze sculpture.
  • Very nice sculpture which worth it see.

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