Tower of London remembers - with 888,246 poppies

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Blood Swept Lands 
and Seas of Red

On Tuesday I visited the Tower of London poppies art installation with my parents, which is on until Armistice Day (11 November). On this day the last poppy will be added to the sea of red that flows around this iconic London landmark.

Armistice Day 2014 marks one hundred years since the first full day of Britain's involvement in the First World War. I find it amazing that so much time has past, yet WWI still doesn't seem that long ago.

Tower of London poppies art installation

My Dad's father, my grandfather fought in WWI, and was one of the lucky New Zealanders that made it home again to his family after the war.

For me the installation is a bitter-sweet, beautiful reminder of our history. For my Dad the poppies had an even greater impact - and lots of memories and stories told to him by my grandfather came flooding back.

Tower of London poppies art installation
my mum and dad - taking in the sea of red

Each poppy that surrounds the Tower of London represents a British military fatality during the war. There are 888,246 of them.

Tower of London poppies art installation

If you live in London I strongly recommend you visit The Tower of London and take a moment to take in this scene. The installation is free to view - you don't need a ticket. And if you want you can even buy one of the poppies in the installation, which will be posted to you in late November.

Tower of London poppies art installation

When you've seen enough red to last the afternoon take a stroll down the the River Thames and reflect on how lucky we all are to be here and now, and enjoying the last of the Autumn sunshine.

The River Thames - London

Hope you're all having a good week. I'm off to Belgium this weekend with Mum and Dad. Can't wait!

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10 comments

  1. Really makes you stop and think. That first picture is beautiful! Have a great time on your trip with your parents :)

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    1. Thanks Kiki, I seem to have had a WWI themed few weeks as we visited Flanders Fields while in Belgium. Hard to believe so many men perished in the place where there are now some idyllic country fields.

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  2. This is really moving. I saw a few other bloggers post about it and it is truly stunning.

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    1. Photos just don't do the space justice either - recommend anyone who can going to see the display in person.

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  3. Wow, the field looks stunning from afar. It truly reminds me of blood, and really drive the point home the number of casualties and lives taken away.

    Another Beautiful Thing

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    1. Indeed it does - and these are just the British casualties. There were many countries involved in WWI that had men die during fighting.

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  4. wow. it keeps getting more and more impactful. beautiful. hope you have fun in Belgium!!

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    1. Thanks Annie, we had a great trip to Belgium :)

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  5. I loved going to see them, and can't wait to visit twice more to see it changing.

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    1. I know - I really like that it's a changing exhibition. Means it will draw lots of repeat visitors.

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