The Cenotaph

Photograph of the unveiling of the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, November 1920.

The Cenotaph (from the Greek word meaning 'empty tomb') was designed by the architect to the Imperial War Graves Commission, Sir Edwin Lutyens, during 1919 and 1920. A plaster and wood version was unveiled to commemorate the first Armistice Day on 11 November 1919, but Lutyens' completed design (in Portland stone) was not opened to public viewing until the following year - a ceremony captured in the solemn photograph shown here and repeated every year since on the nearest Sunday to 11 November.
IWM Q 31491 (Nov 1920)
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