Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations

Poppies of Tower of London

Home > London > Cultural Events | Free | Places of Interest
by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
Published August 18th 2014
Remember them

I am sure you know of the Tower of London - after all it is one of THE iconic sites in London, if not the UK and beyond. A medieval tower that has stood proudly on the same site for more than a thousand years, there are plenty of things to see and do here - including seeing the Crown Jewels, and admiring the uniforms of the Beefeaters (the traditional guards of the Tower).

It is something new and very moving that I am going to tell you about now though - marking a significant event in the UK's history.

Actually titled 'Bloodswept Lands and Seas of Red', the tagline 'Tower of London Remembers' seems just as poignant, as the installation that has started to be constructed around the Tower commemorates the 100th anniversary of the First World War. The installation shows a continuously growing number of ceramic poppies, which will eventually total well over 888,000. Each poppy represents a fatality suffered by the British military during the length of the war. Also each flower will be available to buy, with the money collected going to one of six charities, hopefully raising millions for their good causes.

This is something to observe now, but do bear in mind the significance of the flowers, because, as impressive as the sight of the poppies may be, they won't be around long - so their significance shouldn't be underestimated, and the events they represent should be remembered. Owning one of the poppies of the event also allows you to own a piece of history from a significant event in World History.

I won't tell you to visit this one, or even try to persuade you - simply ask you - spare a minute for this installation as you go about your daily life - and think about the people who gave up their lives 100 years ago, so you can do just that...

Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  25
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? Remember them...
When: daylight hours
Phone: 0303 770 1914
Where: Tower of London, London EC3N 4AB
Cost: n/a
Your Comment
Articles from other cities
Top Events
Popular Articles