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Cenotaph, London

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The Cenotaph is a war memorial on Whitehall in London, England. Its origin is in a temporary structure erected for a peace parade following the end of the First World War and after an outpouring of national sentiment it was replaced in 1920 by a permanent structure and designated the United Kingdom's official national war memorial.Designed by Edwin Lutyens, the permanent structure was built from Portland stone between 1919 and 1920 by Holland, Hannen & Cubitts, replacing Lutyens' earlier wood-and-plaster cenotaph in the same location. An annual Service of Remembrance is held at the site on Remembrance Sunday, the closest Sunday to 11 November (Armistice Day) each year. Lutyens' cenotaph design has been reproduced elsewhere in the UK and in other countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Bermuda and Hong Kong.OriginsThe first cenotaph was a wood-and-plaster structure designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and erected in 1919. It was one of a number of temporary structures erected for the London Victory Parade (also called the Peace Day Parade) on 19 July 1919. It marked the formal end of the First World War that had taken place with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919. As one of a series of temporary wooden monuments constructed along the route of the parade, Whitehall's was not proposed until two weeks before the event. Following deliberations by the Peace Celebrations Committee, Lutyens was invited to Downing Street. There, the British Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, proposed that the monument should be a catafalque, like the one intended for the Arc de Triomphe in Paris for the corresponding Victory Parade in France, but Lutyens proposed instead that the design be based on a cenotaph.
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  • There is not a day goes past when somebody is not honoured by the placing of flowers at this memorial. It is a simple tribute to those who gave their yesterday's for our tomorrow's. A must visit if yo...  more »
  • Monument to the dead of great Britain's war dead. Very emotional especially on assistance day. Watching military and others marching past creates many wet eyes.  more »
  • This monument is nothing special in terms of looks; it is in the middle of the street. However, what it stands for is what's important, those that have died in the wars fighting for freedom.  more »
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  • A war memorial on Whitehall in London, England. Its origin is in a temporary structure erected for a peace parade following the end of the First World War and after an outpouring of national sentiment it was replaced in 1920 by a permanent structure and designated the United Kingdom's official national war memorial.
  • Very emotional place.. The true extent of war for peace.. Lay a flower.. Say a prayer.. Let the services know you care.. Never forget. God bless them all who paid the ultimate sacrifice.. Thank you.
  • An amazing spiritual place to pay your respects to the brave souls who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Very emotional place.
  • Superb good for all .
  • The War memorial that the royal family attend each year is in the middle of the heart of the UK Parliament. It is very fitting for what it stands for and very well kept.

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