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The Cenotaph

The Cenotaph is now seen as the centre point of reflection for those who fought and gave their lives since the First World War. Sir Edwin Lutyens designed the memorial which was erected for the Allied Victory Parade post-WWII. The Union Jack and flags for the three military forces of the UK also stand nearby: The British Army, Royal Navy and The Royal Air Force.

Cenotaph itself means ‘empty tomb’ and is dedicated to ‘The Glorious Dead’. The memorial has no names inscribed to allow those who visit to give their own meaning to the many sons, fathers, brothers, friends and relations that were lost in war and were unable to be buried.

Remembrance Day Parade takes place each year to remember the dead with members from each of the three services present to salute the Cenotaph as they pass. Wreaths and poppies are then laid at the memorial in memory of the fallen.


Parliament Street
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