WWI Memorial Poppies Tower of London – tributes

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WWI Memorial Poppies Tower of London

The poppies from the Tower of London have gone.  They have been picked out and the ceramic blooms are now on the way to their owners.

However, there was huge demand from the public to extend the display.  Key parts of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red will now tour the country until 2018.  With the backing of the Prime Minister, David Cameron, the Willow and the Wave remain part of the monument.

Millions of visitors streamed to the Tower of London to take in the design and structure of the memorial installation for the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

It had been created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with the setting by stage designer Tom Piper.  Close to 900 thousand ceramic poppies progressively filled the Tower’s famous moat.

Armistice Day

The installation titled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ spread out at the Tower of London.  Many spoke to about the display praising the artistic creation .  It filled the dry moat with poppies by Armistice Day November 11 2014.

The Tower’s moat was used to swear in more than 1,600 men, who had enlisted by the end of August 1914 at the recruitment station in the City to form the 10th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, the so-called “stockbrokers’ battalion.”

Poppies were the only plants that grew on the barren battlefields of northern France and Flanders, around the bodies of fallen soldiers. Recognised in McCrae’s poem, the poppy has become a memorial to all who lay down their lives for their country.

Poppies Tower of London
The 1914-18 Great War left 17 million soldiers and civilians dead.

The ceramic poppies on display will be available for purchase for £25 on the Historic Royal Palaces website.   Proceeds to six service charities



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