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December 8, 2014

England: Runnymede Meadow


The ABA's Magna Carta Memorial

Gigi plays ball at the ABA’s Magna Carta Memorial.  She doesn’t seem to appreciate the importance of the site.

Runnymede Meadow is a most unassuming historical site. This modest grassy water meadow alongside the River Thames, several miles downstream of Windsor Castle, is the location of the signing of the Magna Carta. When King John penned his name to the Magna Carta in 1215 it signified the beginning of the limitation of powers of the English monarchy and set the stage for our modern laws and government.

The Magna Carta is honored in the United States as an antecedent of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. In this spirit, the American Bar Association has erected a memorial to the signing of the Magna Carta just inside the trees at the edge of the meadow.

Not far from the ABA Magna Carta memorial is a memorial to John F. Kennedy. Dedicated in May 1965, the JFK memorial stands on land gifted to the United States of America; it is truly a little piece of the United States in Britain.

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Runnymede is a wide open meadow alongside the Thames.

Runnymede is a wide open meadow alongside the Thames.

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