Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Three icons in Trafalgar Square

Three symbols all in some way related to conflict and war.

The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree, which is approximately 20 metres high and 50 to 60 years old, has been an annual gift to London since 1947 from the city of Oslo. It is a token of gratitude for British support of Norway during the Second World War.

The Menorah celebrates the Jewish festival of Chanukah and a military victory that threatened the Holy Land some 2,100 years ago. It represents a beacon against religious bigotry and persecution

Nelson’s column commemorates victory over the French at the Battle of Trafalgar, which seems like a perfectly good reason to honour the old fella.

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