Sunday, 9 November 2008

Remembrance Sunday

Some photographs from the Remembrance Sunday service on Whitehall.


Toad said...

Thank you for attending and sharing the beautiful pics.

I was wondering where gram had run off to.

Pigtown-Design said...

That looks like a great parade and it must have been very moving.

Toad said...

Does Britian still stop for the traditional 2 minutes at 11am on 11/11?

Easy and Elegant Life said...

I wonder if our (U.S.) veterans are wearing their medals today? I hope so.

Did you see your Mr. Allingham at the parade?

Thanks for the photos reminding us of the reason for the day.

Sir Fopling Flutter said...

Toad - there's still the traditional 2 minutes silence. The ceremony and parade on Whitehall (shown in my photographs) is on the closest Sunday to November 11. This year, there was another major event on Nov 11 itself to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the end of WWI.

Easy and Elegant - I didn't see Mr Allingham. It's amazing that there are still surviving veterans from the Great War. I believe there are 3 British veterans still alive.

Sir Fopling Flutter said...

Toad - by the way, thank you for the thoughtful response to my earlier comments at Pigtown Design.

I still believe that Memorial Day suffers as a result of being part of a long weekend at the beginning of summer - people naturally treat it as a day off work to spend outdoors, rather than a solemn day for national remembrance and reflection.

Incidentally, my understanding is that Memorial Day significantly pre-dates Veterans Day (Civil War era versus the 1918 Armistice).

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Ah Memorial Day. My birthday. Mom calls it "Labor Day."