London is awash with so many memorial sites its hard to select just 5, however I have and here they are.
- Battle of Britain memorial - sited on the banks of the river Thames on Victoria Embankment, this stunning bronze frieze is sited between the RAF memorial and Westminster Bridge. Unveiled in 2005 this 3D frieze is a stunning work of art and fitting tribute to those gallant men & women that flew the skies and fought at the Battle of Britain for our freedom.
- Animals in war - sited on Park lane adjacent to Hyde Park, this beautiful memorial celebrates the sacrifice of millions of animals throughout the world wars. Featuring a horse, donkey, dog & pigeon. the Successful play Warhorse and the Disney movie Valiant have helped to educate people on how so many different animals assisted and continue to assist us in the battles that we fight then & now. Eight million horses lost their lives in world war 1 and 100,000 & 200,000 pigeons were used respectively in WW1 & WW2, flying in all weathers often exhausted and severely wounded.
- The Cenotaph - This iconic memorial of the Empty Tomb on Whitehall was only ever erected to mark the remembrance of the 1st Armistice day in 1919. Built in wood and plaster the nations outpouring of remembrance was so profound that a permanent monument was erected for 1920 and remains the nations memorial site for remembrance Sunday.
- Westminster - Westminster abbey each November becomes a stunning memorial site for Armistice day & Remembrance Sunday. It is humbling, emotional and a stunning space when filled with the poppy crosses. Here is a post from a previous visit. Inside Westminster Abbey is the grave of the unknown warrior, unveiled on the 11/11/1920 its a reminder of all those that sacrificed their lives so that we could have a better one.
- Grosvenor Square - Sited in this little square of greenery, nestled between the hustle & bustle of Oxford street and Park Lane, adjacent to the American Embassy stands many memorials. One of the most tranquil and calming is the little peace garden built to honour those that dies in the twin towers of 9/11. As blogged previously I find comfort in the little garden often after a busy day at work.
Here are some additional posts of memorial sites in London, remembering the heroes and giving thanks for the sacrifices that they made, featuring the women in war, and the tank regiments.
As with all London Loves posts I have plotted a map of locations of these memorials, I hope that you seek one out the next time you visit London, even if it is just to say Thankyou. x