Remembrance of War: the Tower Poppies

London remembers the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War with a display of 888,246 poppies at the Tower of London.

poppies tower and shard

It’s a beautiful display, and moving too, with each ceramic poppy representing a British military fatality during the war.

Poppies dark and bright and stone

From the next angle I thought about waves of soldiers going into battle.

Poppies in waves

Reflected in the puddle, the poppies even made me think about the trenches and the mud.

poppies puddle

I know this blog has some Japanese readers, so here is a shot of the sign – I hope you can read through the raindrops.

poppies sign japanese

The  installation, which only lasts until 11 November,  is called “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”.  It was created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Such gorgeous pictures!! I remember always wearing a poppy on 11/11 in Canada!!

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Thank you. This poppy display has been really popular with people in London. I had to go early this morning to avoid the crowds.
      The money raised by the Tower poppies will go to charities which support people who have served in the armed forces.

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  2. chirose says:

    Beautiful.!! I remember as an American not really understanding the poppy symbolism until I went to the Belgium battlefields during a school semester abroad. Seeing the legions of dead and the poppy fields brought it all together for me. Thank you for sharing.!

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  3. Andrew says:

    I have seen a few photos but these show it off at its best and most poignant – especially the puddle shot. Well done.

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  4. Powerful testament to lives lost…

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  5. Kim in Fiji says:

    Beautiful and heartbreaking.

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