Trafalgar Square and Walk Down Whitehall to Westminster 13 June 2011

On Monday morning after students had become familiar with the London Underground, commonly called “The Tube”, we went to Trafalgar Square and spent some time looking at the Nelson monument commemorating the British defeat of Napoleon’s French Navy at the Battle of Trafalgar.  This famous gathering place was the scene of a huge victory celebration on Victory in Europe Day on 8 May 1945 where huge crowds assembled and outside Buckingham Palace on that day as well.  Prime Minister Churchill addressed the crowds.

London Celebrates VE Day on May 8th, 1945

Group Photo at Trafalgar Square

Students assembled for a group photo as they sat at the base of the Nelson memorial in Trafalgar Square.

Students in Trafalgar Square

Students near a fountain in Trafalgar Square

Students on Lions in London

Students astride one of the four famous bronze lions in the Nelson monument at Trafalgar Square. The lions were cast from the captured bronze cannon's from Napoleon's defeated French fleet.

Happy Campers!

Happy Campers!

Cenotaph

This British War Memorial called the Cenotaph or "Empty Tomb" commemorates the dead of World War I and World War II as well as all those killed during wars of the UK. At the base are poppy wreaths from the May "Poppy Day" ceremonies. The poppies as a flower of remembrance are associated with the famous poem , "In Flanders Fields" by Canadian doctor John McCrae who died during WWI. Armistice Day in November 11th also marks memorial ceremonies at the Cenotaph each year.

10 Downing Street

Students take a photo of the Prime Minister's Residence at 10 Downing Street. Access is severly limited due to tight security levels around Prime Minister David Cameron.

Monty

This statue, "Monty", is of Sir Bernard Montgomery, one of the key British Army commanders of World War II. Montgomery worked closely with General Eisenhower in the last two years of the war. Their relationship was strained sometimes due to differences on both stratety and tactics late in the war.

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