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CenotaphStanding solemnly in the middle of Whitehall, visitors could be forgiven for passing the Cenotaph by unnoticed. But every November it becomes the focus of Britain's Remembrance Service (the closest Sunday to 11th November). The service commemorates the British Empire and Commonwealth servicemen who died in the two World Wars. The monarch, representatives of the Church, State, the armed and auxiliary forces, all gather to pay respect to those who lost their lives defending the freedom of others. Hymns are sung, prayers are said, and the two-minute silence is observed. Wreaths of poppies are then laid on the steps of the Cenotaph. The monument was originally built of wood and plaster for the first anniversary of the Armistice in 1919. The memorial you see today was designed by Edward Lutyens, it was created from Portland Stone and was unveiled one year later in 1920. The inscription simply reads "The Glorious Dead".

 

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Embankment Underground Station
 
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Charing Cross Railway Station
 
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Victoria Railway Station
 
21 minutes walk
 
 
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Q-Park Trafalgar
 
3 minutes walk
 
St Martins Lane NCP
 
6 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £149  34% off
2 Spring Gardens, SW1A | 1 minute from Cenotaph
Almost in the shadow of Nelson's Column, and with the Palaces of Whitehall looming behind it, this hotel is at the heart of the Capital. ... More
 
 
 
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8 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 1 minute from Cenotaph
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The Grand at Trafalgar Square
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8 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 1 minute from Cenotaph
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Cenotaph, 18-20 Maiden Lane, The Strand, WC2R | 7 minutes from Cenotaph
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Tattershall Castle, Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London SW1A | 4 minutes from Cenotaph
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