Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

Over half term I went on a visit to London and on Tuesday 28th October I had the privilege of seeing the new memorial of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London which honours the sacrifice of British and Commonwealth soldiers in the First World War. In total there are 888,246 handmade poppies which blanket the Tower’s moat in a sea of red.

Some of the poppies that make up the display at the Tower of London.
Some of the poppies that make up the display at the Tower of London.

The installation started on August 5th earlier this year when the first of the poppies were planted. Since then more and more poppies have been planted by volunteers and some members of the royal family. The last poppy will be planted on 11th November in line with Remembrance Day.

Each poppy was handmade from clay by volunteers.
Each poppy was handmade from clay by volunteers.

Each and every one of the poppies was up for sale for twenty-five pounds. They have all now been sold raising over £22 million. The money will be shared between six charities which help and support ex-servicemen and honour the great sacrifice made by members of the armed forces both past and present.

The six charities that will receive the money raised by the sale of the poppies include The Royal British Legion and Help For Heroes.
The six charities that will receive the money raised by the sale of the poppies include The Royal British Legion and Help For Heroes.

When I visited the poppies the sheer number of people was truly astounding. Thousands of people were lining the walls and fences above the moat taking pictures taking in the sheer size and scale of the thing. You had to wait for others to move and slowly shuffle your way to the front as otherwise your view would be obstructed by people.

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Thousands of people came out to see the poppies on my visit and surely thousands more will by November the 11th.

The poppies were a truly breathtaking sight. A wonderful idea to remember and respect those who gave their lives on the field of battle and something I will never forget. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

For more information about the installation, visit the website here

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