Posted 13 November 2010 - 05:56 PM
Thank you - 90 years have elapsed since the Cenotaph in its permanent form was unveiled by the King exactly at 11am on the 11 November 1920 and as the sounds of the eleven chimes faded away, the assembled crowd observed the two minutes silence that has become the norm on every Remembrance Sunday. A bugle sounded the last Post then the gun carriage containing the coffin of the Unknown Warrior made its way to Westminster Abbey, followed by the King, Field Marshall Haig, General French, Admiral Beaty, the Kings Ministers and a vast throng. As the procession entered the Abbey the cortege was met by a unique guard of honour 74 Victoria Cross recipients and 22 other Great War heroes lined the nave in homage. The main body of the Abbey was largely given over to war-widows. Following a brief Service the Unknown Warrior was lowered into his grave near the Great West Door. In a day filled with symbolism, the grave was refilled with earth brought from the battlefields. Over 40,000 members of the public filed past the tomb before the doors of the Abbey closed for the night.
Fragments of that momentus day can be viewed on British Pathe News.