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London Trip 2012 - Part 4 - Westminster 
23rd-Nov-2012 08:35 pm
Poppy Wreath
As I said I caught the boat down to Westminster - and the first sight I had was of Boadicea ... an English Queen, who certainly knew how to deal with her enemies (when you see that chariot!!)


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From there it was a short walk across the road to St Margaret's Church, and the churchyard. This time of year it is full of poppies ... The Thursday before Rememberance Sunday there is a dedication service for the filed of rememberance, which each regiment has it's own plot. For 15 consecutive years I attended the service and met with friends from my grandfather's regiment. This year I was able spend a few minutes of peace at The Nortamptonshire Regiment, and remember my grandfather's 4 years in WWI ... and my friends time serving in the same regiment during WWII. I also spent a moment at the Home Guard plot, to remember those who served (like my dad), but especially those who died.


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Northamptonshire Regiment -
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Home Guard -
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Big Ben and The Housess of Parliamnet -
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Westminster Abbey -
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From there it was just a short(ish) walk to The Cenotaph. On the day that the unknown warrior was buried in Westminster Abbey, the kit from my (other) grandfather was carried on the coffin, as he was in the Coldstream Guards, as his kit was chosen at random by the person organising the parade.

This day it was the Cenotaph, complete with wreathes ... including the Royal Family.


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Hoping you are still all enjoying my tour round London.

Comments 
23rd-Nov-2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
Big Ben and Westminster Abbey beautiful <333333
24th-Nov-2012 09:32 am (UTC)
I went to college in this part of London for 4 years ... In fact for one year my college was across the road from Westminster Abbey - a stunning part of London
24th-Nov-2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
Cool :D Which college?Cambridge?
26th-Nov-2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
No I trained at a private London College to be an osteopath.

All the Cambridge University colleges are in Cambridge itself - anoth lovely city to visit *g*
23rd-Nov-2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
The field of poppies is such a good idea - and thought provoking.
24th-Nov-2012 09:33 am (UTC)
Iy is an amazing sight every year - The Queen Mum used to attend, this year it was Prince Philip
25th-Nov-2012 12:27 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing these (especially the 4th and 5th), that was interesting. I was trying to figure out the little crossed in the first pic, then noticed the close up you had there. It has all the names I guess, of the soldiers?
26th-Nov-2012 03:55 pm (UTC)
Anyone who wants to place a cross there could - either to a specific regiment, or just in one of the general areas. I have planted one for my Grandfather each visit, who wasn't killed, but was wouunded, and suffered the horror of the trenches for over 3 years.
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