Armistice Day… Tower of London Poppies

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The Tower of London plays host to a sea of 888,426 ceramic poppies as a memorial to those who died in the First World War. This year, which marks the centenary of the war’s beginning in 1914, the stunning exhibition is expected to have captured the attention of up to four million by the 12th of November.

The installation entitled, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, was created by artist Paul Cummins, and set by stage designer Tom Piper. Each poppy, which fills the moat at the Tower of London, represents a British fatality in the War. Each of the 888, 426 poppies have been sold for £25, the profit of which will raise millions of pounds to be split equally between six service charities.

On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, the Armistice Agreement was signed calling a ceasefire to World War One in 1918. This blood red installation, that creates a ceramic Flanders Field in the middle of London, is a beautiful and thought provoking tribute to those servicemen lost in the War and a respectful commemoration of Armistice Day.

In Flanders Field

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

by John McCrae, 1915

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Poem courtesy of http://www.greatwar.co.uk/poems/john-mccrae-in-flanders-fields.htm. For more information on the Tower of London Poppies exhibition visit, http://poppies.hrp.org.uk/about-the-installation.

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2 Comments Add yours

    1. fayelucinda8 says:

      Thank you! It deserved a few well chosen words.

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