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London Remembers

This striking image shows the Tower of London and the transformation of its moat into a field of red poppies.
Tower of London - photo from Tower of London
Tower of London – photo from Tower of London

This striking image shows the Tower of London and the transformation of its moat into a field of red poppies. The installation commemorates the start of the First World War one hundred years ago this year. There are 888,246 ceramic poppies and each represents a British or Commonwealth soldier who was killed during the war.

The poppies are handmade, with each one taking about three days to complete. The moat was planted by over 8000 volunteers, beginning in August and with the final poppy being planted today, November 11th on Remembrance Day.

Poppies up close - each was handmade by one of twelve artists. Photo from Historic Royal Palaces
Poppies up close – each was handmade by one of twelve artists. Photo from Historic Royal Palaces
Poppies from below - looking through the field to the sky above
Poppies from below – looking through the field to the sky above – photo from Tower of London

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.”
– John McCrae, May 1915

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Safe Travels,

x Sonia x

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