Friday, June 29, 2018

Angelina Jolie visited St. Paul's Cathedral in London Thursday to attend a ceremony for the 200th anniversary of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, an award which recognizes the work of service officers or diplomats in a foreign country.
While at the Anglican church, the actress and activist made her way to the American Memorial Chapel, which honors 28,000 American soldiers who were stationed in the U.K. during World War II and lost their lives. In exclusive photos obtained by, Jolie looks moved as she looks through the names of the deceased veterans inside the chapel.

Jolie places her hand over her heart while reading the 500-page, leather-bound book that contains the inscription, "Defending freedom from the fierce assault of tyranny they shared the honor and the sacrifice. Though they died before the dawn of victory their names and deed will long be remembered where ever free men live.” 

The chapel in St. Paul's contains many references to the U.S. The three stained-glass windows contain the state symbols of every American state, the wood carvings contain the birds, plants and flowers of America, and in one panel are a space rocket and stars — a nod to the American space program.
Jolie has been a fierce supporter of American soldiers and veterans. In 2014, the actress donated an undisclosed sum of money to The Independent’s Christmas campaign for homeless veterans, according to the publication.

That year, Jolie was also named an honorary dame by Queen Elizabeth II, which allows her to attend royal events such as the St. Paul's ceremony. The Queen was expected to officiate Thursday's ceremony but, according to royal reporters, canceled because she was feeling unwell.

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