Monday, 11 November 2013

Remembering the heroes

Over the last 10 days London has been awash with poppies and men in uniform!.. It has mad a dull commute a little brighter. However behind the jokes and banter with the men in uniform each day is a serious message. We cannot let this generation and the generations ahead forget what a poppy is for. We owe so much to those brave men & women who didn't question their loyalty to Queen & country to put their life on the line to protect us and keep us safe. My beloved Gramps was one of those who stood on the beaches at Dunkirk waiting to be rescued and would never share the atrocities that he saw and the friends that never came home. He lived with those memories with a quiet dignity that is so lacking in today's generation. I have 2 special boys in my life who have spent time in Afghanistan and feel a sense of pride and relief every time they come back safe. I have in previous years visited the Rememberance Garden at Westminster.
2 minutes silence and a £1 in a poppy tin is a small sacrifice today to pay to say thankyou, and remember, we remember those that fought, those that live with horrific injuries and ultimately those that never came home. We do it with Pride, Dignity and we should never forget.
London has so many war memorials in close proximity of the cenotaph that I discovered recently which I am going to share on this Remembrance Day. I hope that the next time you are strolling along the embankment of cutting through Whitehall you too discover these hidden gems.
Battle of Britain memorial
The monument is a beautiful 3D bronze which set against the backdrop of the Thames & the London Eye is quite stunning.
Just along from the Battle of Britain memorial is the Royal Airforce memorial Royal Air Force
First put up in 1923, to remember the men of the Royal Flying Corps of WW1, this column faces across the river, towards France. The ‘I Bare You On Eagles Wings And Brought You Onto Myself’ carved on it is not a misspelling but a biblical quotation.
Along from the Cenotaph is a memorial opened in the last few years to honour the women who served in world war 2.
It is a stunning sculpture, simple but so effective.
Hidden down a side street on the corner of Whitehall is the Royal Tank regiment memorial.
‘From mud through blood to the green fields beyond.’ This modern bronze sculpture by Vivien Mallock faces the building where the first ever tank was designed in 1916. The two trees behind the memorial were shipped from Canada to mark the close links between that country and the regiment.
As you can see in a small lock of London there are some beautiful monuments and sculptures complete with heartfelt inscriptions that are worth a visit.
Over the last couple of weeks London has got behind the poppy appeal and done a number of things to remind us of the sacrifices made; from giant poppy at Kings Cross, to a spitfire in Covent garden to a fleet of poppy buses to military bands accompanying commutes....
I hope that where ever you are today you stop and reflect at 11o'clock and say thankyou.

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Monday, 11 November 2013

Remembering the heroes

Over the last 10 days London has been awash with poppies and men in uniform!.. It has mad a dull commute a little brighter. However behind the jokes and banter with the men in uniform each day is a serious message. We cannot let this generation and the generations ahead forget what a poppy is for. We owe so much to those brave men & women who didn't question their loyalty to Queen & country to put their life on the line to protect us and keep us safe. My beloved Gramps was one of those who stood on the beaches at Dunkirk waiting to be rescued and would never share the atrocities that he saw and the friends that never came home. He lived with those memories with a quiet dignity that is so lacking in today's generation. I have 2 special boys in my life who have spent time in Afghanistan and feel a sense of pride and relief every time they come back safe. I have in previous years visited the Rememberance Garden at Westminster.
2 minutes silence and a £1 in a poppy tin is a small sacrifice today to pay to say thankyou, and remember, we remember those that fought, those that live with horrific injuries and ultimately those that never came home. We do it with Pride, Dignity and we should never forget.
London has so many war memorials in close proximity of the cenotaph that I discovered recently which I am going to share on this Remembrance Day. I hope that the next time you are strolling along the embankment of cutting through Whitehall you too discover these hidden gems.
Battle of Britain memorial
The monument is a beautiful 3D bronze which set against the backdrop of the Thames & the London Eye is quite stunning.
Just along from the Battle of Britain memorial is the Royal Airforce memorial Royal Air Force
First put up in 1923, to remember the men of the Royal Flying Corps of WW1, this column faces across the river, towards France. The ‘I Bare You On Eagles Wings And Brought You Onto Myself’ carved on it is not a misspelling but a biblical quotation.
Along from the Cenotaph is a memorial opened in the last few years to honour the women who served in world war 2.
It is a stunning sculpture, simple but so effective.
Hidden down a side street on the corner of Whitehall is the Royal Tank regiment memorial.
‘From mud through blood to the green fields beyond.’ This modern bronze sculpture by Vivien Mallock faces the building where the first ever tank was designed in 1916. The two trees behind the memorial were shipped from Canada to mark the close links between that country and the regiment.
As you can see in a small lock of London there are some beautiful monuments and sculptures complete with heartfelt inscriptions that are worth a visit.
Over the last couple of weeks London has got behind the poppy appeal and done a number of things to remind us of the sacrifices made; from giant poppy at Kings Cross, to a spitfire in Covent garden to a fleet of poppy buses to military bands accompanying commutes....
I hope that where ever you are today you stop and reflect at 11o'clock and say thankyou.

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