Sunday, November 8, 2009

Remembrance Sunday

We ran into more Remembrance Sunday events this morning. We left the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace to find crowds of people lining the roads. It turned out that the royals were returning from the wreath-laying at the Cenotaph. We saw Prince Philip and the Queen speed by, then Harry, then some government folk.

Proceeding up the Mall, we ran into another commemoration, filled with veterans, some being pushed in chairs, others held up by colleagues, others marching briskly along. The crowds clapped for them all as they filed by the Old Admiralty Buildings, with the London Eye in the background.


These three look as though they could have been found in England any time over the last three centuries. The man in the middle was shaky, and the other two were holding him up. Are they naval people? My ignorance is showing.

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This is the setting for the gathering of the veterans.


I don't know how they do it, but the English make these ceremonies very moving without being belligerent or maudlin - at least so it appears to an American. We were lucky to be here on this day.

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