Amazing exhibition sees poppies engulf the Tower of London
A stunning tribute to the fallen soldiers of World War I.EDGAR staff November 11, 2014
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I came to an end. Four years of near-constant warfare ended with a universal mix of relief for the coming peace and sombre mourning for the millions who lost their lives.
In today’s frenetic world, it is easy to forget what has come before us and the lessons that history can teach, which is why days such as today’s Armistice Day are of vital importance to all, as it provides us with an opportunity to pay tribute to all the men and women who died in not only the Great War but also various global conflicts since then – regardless of race, religion or nationality.
This year, in a moving tribute, the Tower of London sanctioned a special art exhibition in which 888,246 red ceramic poppy flowers were erected from one of the tower’s bastion windows and filled into the 12th-century moat of the London landmark.
As a mark of respect, each of the poppies serves to symbolise the number of British and colonial military personnel who died during the four-year war.
Today is the final day of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation, although British Prime Minister David Cameron recently announced that part of the display will remain in place until the end of November.
At 11am (GMT), the UK will pay its respects with two minutes' silence to remember the deceased. Here at EDGAR, we'll be joining in, and we hope that you will be too.
Details: visit poppies.hrp.org.uk