Runnymede is an area of beautiful meadow in Surrey, and is of course famous for being the location of the signing of the Magna Carter in 1215. Consequently, it could be said that this was the birthplace of modern democracy. Bears are of course very democratic so I thought I’d go and check it out. Joining me on my adventure were Twecckles, magical woodland creatures that only the very lucky get to see. For more information on them please take a look here: http://www.sherfordbear.co.uk/Twecckles.html
First up, as a proud member of #TheAviators, I had to visit the Air Forces Memorial to pay my respects. And a thing of beauty it truly was. Unveiled by The Queen in 1953, it includes the names of over 20,000 airmen who lost their lives in WW2.
And then we visited America. But only for 15 minutes! It’s true! Well to tell the truth, we actually visited the JFK Memorial at Runnymede, and the acre of land surrounding it is considered real American soil. Many people think Diplomatic Embassies are considered foreign soil, but apparently that is not true at all.
Here is the quote inscribed on the stone: ‘Let every Nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend or oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of liberty’.
As Runnymede is associated with democracy, Parliament decided to site the memorial here. It was opened by the Queen in 1965 in the presence of some of the remaining members of the family, including his widow. Apparently, the 50 steps you walk up to reach the memorial represent each State of the USA, and around the Stone has been planted shrubbery which is associated with the Late President’s religion, Catholicism.
And finally, a few more pictures from this morning. As you can see, it was a beautiful spring day and the Twecckles were truly in their element in the woods: