Postcard from RunnymedeFebruary 10, 2007 at 1:11 am | Posted in 1963, Britain, British History, California, Memorial, My photo, Nature, Photography, Runnymede, Snow, Transatlantic gift, US President, Wildlife, Windsor, Winter | 6 Comments
Runnymede today. This meadow near the Thames is where King John of England sealed the Magna Carta (Great Charter) on 15th June 1215, under pressure from the English barons and their leaders. He soon went back on his word: not a bright idea, by all accounts.
The JFK Memorial is in the woods on the right. I stepped through the kissing gate and was on American soil!
This is what the sign at the entrance to the memorial says:
The typical English woodland with its intentionally unkempt appearance is an important element of the memorial. It provides a completely enclosed journey to the crest of the slope and to the memorial stone itself. The wood symbolises the virility and mystery of nature as a life force and it reflects beautifully the scenario of life, death and spirit as the wood changes naturally throughout the seasons.
The memorial stone is reached by climbing the
STEPS OF INDIVIDUALITY
Special note: there are 50 steps. See my new post with fascinating details about the steps here.
Transatlantic friendships are well represented by this gift from the people of Britain to the United States of America. The British people gave this acre of English ground in memory of John F. Kennedy. A powerful, symbolic gesture; this location in its natural setting is so moving.
A year ago we walked there with friends from California, and today I decided to pay another visit alone. Yesterday’s snow was lingering and beautiful …