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Hyde Park Corner Underground station, London (outside exit 3)
Short version. "Yours has the suffering been, the memory shall be ours"
Long version. Chapter headings: Controversy over nudity. Controversy over the equestrian statue of Wellington. The difficulties in conforming to War Department regulations about war memorials. Questions in Parliament about "the inscription." The dead artilleryman – Jagger's bold and controversial determination to show war for what it was. More amphitheatre than sculpture? An exercise in pensive abstraction? The long over-due memorial – or which never should have been built? Looking at these memorials is like looking at falling stars – flaring for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever. That light and that extinction has just reached us – so in a sense we're seeing the moment when these men and women made the supreme sacrifice. The difference is that light, that life, that sacrifice – that falling star – flares every time someone pauses and looks at these memorials. And reflects. That's what a memorial is.*
This new walk is guided by a Naval Reservist and Contingent Commander RN, Army and RAF Sections. That background – that professional expertise – means Commander Andrew speaks with confidence about the military history and technical features behind these memorials.
It all comes down to the guiding.
*Byron of course put it much better: "Death, the sable smoke where vanishes the flame." But the flame doesn't vanish – these memorials keep it alive.