Sunday, November 22, 2015

Poppies at Remembrance time

1. The Cenotaph, Whitehall, London (November 2015)
With poppy wreaths remembering the 'Fallen'
2. Close up of the poppy wreaths left at the Cenotaph
3. Poppy wreath left by London Transport (November 2015)
(Remembering comrades who fell in the World Wars)
4. Monument to the Women of WW2 
A garland of poppies encircles the monument
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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Additional information

The Cenotaph, Whitehall, London was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and unveiled by King George V on 11 November 1920. It replaced a temporary, wooden structure that had been erected at the same spot to mark the 'Peace Day Parade' marking the signing of the Versailles Peace Treaty at the end of the 1914 - 1918 war.

It was recognised that not all those who fought and died in the war belonged to the Christian faith so the Cenotaph was therefore unveiled and not 'dedicated'. After the end of the Second World War it also became the main British war memorial to remember those who died in the 1939 - 1945. In the years that have passed since the Cenotaph also remembers all those who have died in wars and conflicts since 1945.

Photograph No. 1 shows the Cenotaph in the centre of Whitehall with the poppy wreath tributes around the monument at a ceremony led by the Queen on Remembrance Sunday 2015 (8 November) plus other wreaths placed there on Armistice Day (11 November).

Photograph No. 2 shows some of the poppy wreaths left at the Cenotaph by the Queen and various dignitaries. On the western side of the Cenotaph are tributes from various organisations and by relatives and friends remembering loved ones. For example, photograph No. 3 shows the poppy wreath from London Transport remembering former comrades who gave their lives in the two World Wars - many of them civilians undertaking their duty on the Home Front. There are also poppy crosses remembering individuals who have died in more recent times. The Royal Tank Regiment, one of whose wreaths can also be seen in photograph No. 3, hold a regimental parade past the Cenotaph on the Sunday after Remembrance Sunday. The significance of that day is that is closer to the anniversary of the 1917 Battle of Cambrai (20 November - 7 December 1917).

A little further along Whitehall to the north of the Cenotaph is the Monument to the Women of World War Two [Photograph No. 4]. It was sculpted by the British sculptor John William Mills and unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on 9 July 2005. In November 2015, a garland of poppies was placed around the memorial (seen in photograph No. 4).

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