Report from London: Remembering WWI

By Morgan Spicer, Temple Update London Correspondent

On the weekend of November 10-11, Londoners celebrated the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Remembrance Sunday, November 11, was recognized as crowds took to the streets of London to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the first World War. Memorials surrounding Westminster were decorated with wreaths and flower bouquets celebrating veterans. A Cenotaph March Past was held following the service on Whitehall, with guards and soldiers participating.

For some Remembrance Day continues throughout the year. “My husband and I we publish a website on which we tell the stories of all the men who were killed in our country in the First World War,” Viv Williams told Temple Update. Williams was one of the spectators who lined up along Whitehall and Parliament Street to take part in the ceremonies. Another, Pat Cornelius, said: “We have father-in-laws and great father-in-laws and my daughters’ grandparents who passed away in the war. We are carrying their medals today.” Also when I was 18 I was marching in the Air Force down here and this week’s my 60h birthday and I actually wanted to do it again.”

The poppy has been adopted as a symbol of remembrance and was worn by many on Sunday.  The services closed Sunday afternoon with a parade down Parliament Street in what was called “The People’s Procession.”

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