A cenotaph is an ’empty tomb’ or a monument erected in honour of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere. This one was built in Whitehall as a tribute to the servicemen and women who died for their country. The memorial was unveiled by King George V on 11 November 1920.
More than one million British citizens died in World War I, and nearly 500,000 in World War II. They are commemorated each year during the Remembrance Service on the closest Sunday to 11 November. The monarch, representatives of the Church, State, the armed and auxiliary forces, all gather to pay their respects in front of the Cenotaph.