Learning Curve, The Great War
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Extracts from a document written in 1930 explaining the planning and building of the Cenotaph in London
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  • The writer of this document was Sir Edwin Lutyens. He was a famous and highly respected architect.
  • The Great War officially ended in July 1919 when Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles. Soon afterwards, the French government held a solemn procession in Paris marking the event.
  • British Prime Minister Lloyd George wanted a similar event to take place in Britain and suggested a temporary memorial should be built to be the central focus of the ceremony.
  • As this document shows, the Cenotaph became a permanent monument and is still the single most important monument to the war dead today.
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