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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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  • This memorial is so recognisable if you’ve ever seen a Remembrance Day parade but it’s equally so plain that it’s the spectacle of what it represents that attracts your eye rather than an elaborate st...  more »
  • As someone who was born after WW2 had ended, but was raised on stories from parents and grandparents, uncles and aunts about how life was during that awful period, it is always a somber moment to be a...  more »
  • This magnificent tribute to our fallen, is an absolute must, on any visit to London, but Remembrance Sunday, it is unbelievable, a sight to behold.  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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