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The Memorial Gates, London

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The Memorial Gates are a war memorial located at the Hyde Park Corner end of Constitution Hill in London. Also known as the Commonwealth Memorial Gates, they commemorate the armed forces of the British Empire from five regions of the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka), as well as Africa and the Caribbean, who served for Britain in the First and Second World Wars.
The memorial was inaugurated in 2002 by Queen Elizabeth II.
The main inscription reads:
A shorter inscription quotes the words of the Nigerian author and poet Ben Okri:
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  • It is located in Constitution Hill (very close to Buckingham Palace) and is a monument to the forces of the British Empire in Nepal, Afghanistan, Egypt.
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  • The Memorial Gates, or the Commonwealth Memorial Gates are a series war memorial located in Hyde Park. They commemorate those from from five regions of the Indian subcontinent who served in armed forc...  more »
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  • The Memorial Gates, or the Commonwealth Memorial Gates are a series war memorial located in Hyde Park. They commemorate those from from five regions of the Indian subcontinent who served in armed forces of the British Empire in the First and Second World Wars. The most outstanding part of the memorials is the pavilion, honoured with poppy wreaths from foreign visitors. On the underside of the roof is listed the names of those awarded with a Victoria Cross, the highest military honour of the United Kingdom
  • This was very cool. It's just four stone pillars, but they stand for so much history.
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