Tower of London remembers - with 888,246 poppiesThursday, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Hope you're all having a good week. I'm off to Belgium this weekend with Mum and Dad. Can't wait!