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Autumn in UK

London, England - October 18, 2014

We enjoyed a trip to London on this pleasant fall day!

“Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” has 888,246 ceramic poppies planted in the Tower of London's moat - each poppy representing a British military fatality during World War I.
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Richard and Suzanna viewing the Poppies at the Tower of London
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The streets around Trafalgar Square in London were filled with demonstrations and protests by various groups of civil servants.   The railroad workers had a banner that said “More pay – no job cuts”.   We wondered how that would be possible when the railway was losing money.
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This sobering plea for help for persecuted Christians in Pakistan gripped our hearts.
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Every trip to London needs a visit to Picadilly Circus.
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After purchasing souvenirs for our upcoming trip to South Asia, we walked by Buckingham Palace
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Who knew that there was an Abraham Lincoln statue near Westminster Abbey
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Winston Churchill statue near Westminster Abbey
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A trip to London is not complete without a glimpse of Big Ben and The Eye of London.
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Redhill-Reigate, England - November 9,, 2014

We attended the Armistice Service of Remembrance, where all the British military personnel who lost their lives fighting for freedom are remembered.   Originally it was for the dead of WWI, but now includes the wars that followed, including those who recently died in service in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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All the military branches were represented by marching bands and parades.
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The Lord Mayor of Reigate-Banstead presided over the presentation of the wreaths at the War Memorial in Redhill.   Similar remembrance activities occurred in all the cities in the UK.   In London the Queen and Prime Minister presided over the remembrance activities.
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Following the laying of wreaths, we attended the Remembrance Sunday service at the United Reformed Church.   This year a Salvation Army minister gave a stirring remembrance service message.
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After the service we took a close-up look at the War Memorial.
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In front of the War Memorial is a plaque with of remembrance.
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