The Cenotaph, Whitehall

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G Lokey on November 23, 2011

A cenotaph is an "empty tomb" or monument erected in honour of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere. This one replaced a wood & plaster cenotaph erected in 1919 for the Allied Victory Parade and is a Grade 1 listed building. It is undecorated save for a carved wreath on each end and the words "The Glorious Dead". It was intended to commemorate specifically the victims of the First World War but is used to commemorate all of the dead in all of the wars in which British Servicemen have fought. The dates of the First World War and Second World War are inscribed on it in Roman numerals. We visited one week after Remembrance Sunday.

david g Johnson on November 24, 2011

I say...Geoff....with you being ex-service..you may know this...../....When our Queen lays her wreath...I notice that she bows her head....is this the only occasion where she will ever do this..?...Regards..Dave..

G Lokey on November 24, 2011

Ha ha ha. Philip may have a different story!!! That's me in the Tower!!! GL

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Photo taken in City of Westminster, Greater London, UK

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  • Uploaded on November 23, 2011
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    by G Lokey
    • Camera: SONY DSC-H20
    • Taken on 2011/11/20 15:02:28
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