Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Life | Tower of London Poppies Exhibition | London

"In Flanders fields the poppies blow, 
Between the crosses, row on row," ...

When Lieuntenant Colonal Joe McCrae wrote his famous poem, I don't think he had the Tower of London's dry moat in mind. However, if you pass by this London landmark, by 11 November you will see no fewer than 888,246 poppies planted, each to represent a British military fatality during the war.
Whether or not you have visited the Tower of London before, or are a through and through Londoner, this art installation will make you stop in your tracks. Each individual poppy has been crafted and hand made within Paul Cummins' studio and through the help of what must be hundreds of volunteers, this exhibition has been unique as it has evolved since when it first started in August 2014.

Entitled "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red", the installation marks a centenary since the first full day of Britain's involvement in the First World War. While I don't personally know anyone in my family who served in the wars, having been brought up in London all my life, we studied the wars all throughout school and at some stage went on a school visit to Ypres to visit trenches and get a real insight of life in the wars. I definitely paused for several minutes as a time of reflection to remember those who served the country all those years ago. 888,246 British military individuals gave their lives for their country as they served in the war leaving mothers, wives, sons, daughters, families and friends - the least we can do is give them the respect they deserve, and the time to reflect on their actions.
Up until the 11 November, you have the opportunity to purchase an individual poppy from the exhibition. At the cost of £25.00 plus postage and packaging, there is a guarantee of at least 10% from every poppy sold to support the six charities chosen: Cobseo, Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion and SSAFA. They ship worldwide, and would make a great keepsake.
More images of the #TowerPoppies

Have you seen the poppies?
Do you know anyone who served in the Great War?
Will you be purchasing a poppy?

Let me know in the comments below!


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