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Poppies at the Tower

Posted in England, London by folkestonejack on August 4, 2014

In my lunch hour today I took a short walk down to the Tower of London to see the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ which is slowly filling the moat with ceramic poppies. There will be 888,246 poppies in place when the last poppy is planted on armistice day, each representing a British fatality during the First World War.

Poppies at the Tower of London

Poppies at the Tower of London

At the moment there are 120,000 poppies in the moat and it already looks incredibly striking. It will certainly be interesting to see the installation when it is complete and take a few moments of reflection to remember those members of my family who died in the war, amongst the many millions who lost their lives.

Throughout the installation, the names of 180 soldiers killed during the First World War will be read out each night at twilight, followed by the plaintive sound of the last post delivered by a single bugler.

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