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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.
The 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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  • The Cenotaph is a somber monument to honor the WWI dead who were not repatriated. There are remembrance ceremonies several times a year when wreaths are laid. The main one is on Remembrance Sunday.....  more »
  • We see it every year on TV. Dignitaries all around it. Silent remembrance. I didn't really plan to go there, but it was on my route. Stark and severe. A point of stillness among the crowds of...  more »
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  • Originally a temporary structure following the 1st world world war. Now a beautiful monument. Well worth seeing. Built berween 1919-1920 it is about 100 years old.
  • I enjoyed the view of this statue. In the middle of the street to raise awareness! Really nice! Well done!

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