11 November, at the 11th hour, we pause and remember those who gave their lives during conflicts.
The cenotaph, meaning ‘empty tomb’, provides a focal point to pay respect to the men and women who gave their lives and to lay wreaths on behalf of families, organisations and armed forces.
London’s cenotaph was originally made from wood and plaster, was only supposed to be a temporary construction to commemorate Armistice Day on 11 November 1920. However, the permanent structure we see today is dedicated to the ‘Glorious Dead’ with no names inscribed.
You can read more about the London Cenotaph, its design and construction to its official opening by King George V at the Imperial War Museum website at https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/what-is-the-cenotaph
Lest we forget