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Innocent Victims' Memorial

Just outside the west door of Westminster Abbey is a memorial to Innocent Victims of war and oppression. It is a large circular slate memorial, on a slightly raised stone base, by Irish sculptor Ken Thompson. It was unveiled by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II on 10th October 1996. The memorial is to remember civilians, men, women and children, who have suffered death, torture and oppression throughout the world. The central inscription reads:

ALL
INNOCENT
VICTIMS OF
Remember
OPPRESSION
VIOLENCE
WAR

In the outer circle is a quote from Lamentations chapter 1, verse 12:

Is it nothing to you all you who pass by

Flowers are regularly laid on the memorial by organisations and individuals.

Memorial

10th October 1998

Location

West Entrance

Memorial Type

Stone

Material Type

Stone

Innocent Victims' Memorial
Innocent Victims' Memorial

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2020 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

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At different times of the day, or in different seasons, the light falling in the Abbey will light up something that you have walked past a million times and never seen before.

Vanessa, Head of Conservation

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