Poppy Field At The Tower of London
Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red
Recently, Jean & I visited the Tower of London to see the amazing poppy field created in the dry verdant green grass covered moat surrounding the Tower.
Nearly 900,000 hand-made ceramic red poppies have been planted by volunteers in the moat to commemorate each of the British and Commonwealth soldier and serviceman who fell (died) fighting & defending freedom in World War One (WW1).
The poppy exhibition known as ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ will see 888,246 poppies planted.
The last poppy will be planted on Armistice Day on 11th November.
The poppies will remain in place for Armistice Day as 2014 is the centenary marking the start of WW1 also known as the Great War.
In mid-November, the poppies will be collected up by volunteers again.
Like many others, we are one of lucky ones to have bought one of the displayed ceramic poppies on-line at £25 per stem +PP . They are now sold out. We are assured that the majority of sales raised approximately £15+ million will be shared among six service charities, including Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.
A quantity of the poppies will also go on an exhibition tour across the country.
We will keep the poppy as our own reminder to those fallen. We hope to hand it down to our son and grandson as a memorial too.
Each year around October /November we buy & wear charity poppy pin badges to remember WW1, WW2, and later wars & conflicts in which our troops and service personnel, (Army Navy, RAF & Merchant Seamen) fought were injured and perished.
My late Maternal Grandfather fought in World War One and was seriously injured.
My late Father fought as a soldier (Desert Rat) in World War Two (WW2). Luckily he survived uninjured. Up to his passing away in the 1980s, Dad would regularly attend and enjoy the yearly reunion in London (normally at the Union Jack Club), of his wartime comrades and friends.
The poppy symbolises the red poppy flowers that were growing in some of the WW1 battlefields in France, where many soldiers fell.
Sadly the red of the poppy matched the blood of those fallen on the battlefields.
A potent symbol…