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Saturday, 12 November 2016

REMEMBRANCE: Sepia Saturday - War and Peace 3.

Tomorrow is Remembrance Sunday. From national memorials to small village crosses we pay tribute to those who were killed in war.

 The First Cenotaph Ceremony in London in 1920 in the presence of King George V 

The Cenotaph in London began as a temporary structure erected for a peace parade following the end of the First World War,   but following an outpouring of national sentiment it was replaced in 1920 by a permanent structure and designated the United Kingdom's primary national war memorial.   Designed by Edwin Lutyens and built of Portland Stone,  the memorial was unveiled by King  George V  on 11 November 1920, the second anniversary of the end of the war. The unveiling ceremony for the Cenotaph was part of a larger procession bringing the Unknown Solider to be laid to rest in his tomb in Westminster Abbey.

The term "Cenotaph" relates to a monument  to honour those who died,  whose bodies are buried elsewhere or have no known grave.

The Cenotaph in 2007 following Remembrance Sunday

Across Britain,  towns and villages 
erected their own memorials

 Minto War Memorial, near Hawick in the Scottish Borders

Taynuilt in Argyll, Scotland

Clitheroe in  Lancashire

 Aberfeldy in Perthshire, Scotland 

Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge in the Scottish Highlands.
 It overlooks the training areas of the Commando Training Depot
established in 1942 at Achnacarry Castle.

On the Isle of Arran, Scotland

Earlston in the Scottish Borders

     Isle of Iona, looking across to Mull


Sepia Saturday give bloggers an opportunity to share their family history and memories  through photographs.

 Click  HERE to see how other Sepia Saturday are commemorating 
this month's theme War and Peace.



  1. I grew up in Virginia and Maryland where there are numerous battlefields of America's terrible civil war. Not long after the war many towns North and South put up memorials to their fallen soldiers. Seeing these markers, many with names, always impressed me as marking the true heart of those communities. I thought the same when I first saw the war memorials of Britain and France. I always try to pause and walk completely around them, softly speaking a few names.

  2. They are all lovely and poignant - those memorials. But wouldn't it be wonderful if we had never needed them in the first place?


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