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Sunday November 11, 2018
are many cenotaphs around the world, in places like Hong Kong and also Auckland,
New Zealand, but perhaps the most famous “empty tomb” memorial
is to the dead of World War I at Whitehall in London.
Sir Edwin Lutyens designed the Whitehall cenotaph in 1919. It is the template for many other war memorials in Britain and in the British sectors of the Western Front, as well as those in other current and former Commonwealth nations.
This year on Remembrance Sunday, while most of the world’s attention was focused on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris as world leaders gathered to pay respect,(11-11-11) at Cenotaph Whitehall the German President marked 100 years since the end of the First World War.
Queen Elizabeth commemorated the centenary of the end of WWI alongside in a dramatic reconciliation between the two nations, paying tribute to those who died in both World Wars.
More than 17 million people died in World War 1, while upwards of 80 million, including civilians, perished in WWII.
Many soldiers from WWI and WWII are buried where they fell in France and elsewhere, thus the Cenotaph serves to bring home the memories of people who never returned.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, central London, on November 11 on behalf of the German people.
Another Sir Edwin Lutyens memorial is in Thiepval, France. It towers 45 meters above the landscape and was dedicated in 1934 to honor 72,334 Commonwealth soldiers who perished during the 1918 Battle of the Somme. The name of every soldier is inscribed on the walls of the Thiepval Memorial.
Mr. Steinmeier also joined the Queen at the televised centennial commemoration of the Armistice.
The visit is the first time a German leader has placed a wreath during the Remembrance Sunday ceremony.
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