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The Cenotaph in London

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Remembrance Sunday is the second Sunday in November.

An annual Remembrance Day service is held at the Cenataph in London in honour of the servicemen and women who died for their country.


The service has changed little since it was first introduced in 1921, hymns are sung, prayers are said and a two minute silence is observed. Official wreaths are laid on the steps of The Cenotaph.


Her Majesty. the Queen lays the first wreath at the foot of the Cenotaph and bows, followed one by one, by other adult members of the immediate Royal Family, who bow if in civilian dress, or salute if in military uniform. The next to lay their wreaths are The Prime Minister, the leader of the Opposition and leaders of other political parties. They are followed by other people laying wreaths.

The ceremony ends with a march past of war veterans; a poignant gesture of respect for their fallen comrades.

Literally meaning 'Empty Tomb' in Greek, The Cenotaph was designed by Edward Lutyens and was created from Portland stone, the inscription simply reads "The Glorious Dead".

Did you know?

There are only two cenotaphs in Britain. There is the one in Whitehall, London and the other one is in Aberdare, Wales. All other war monuments in Britain are war memorials.

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Mandy left Woodlands in 2003 to work in Kent schools as an ICT Consulatant. 
She now teaches computers at The Granville School and St. John's Primary School in Sevenoaks Kent.