What England has done to commemorate their fallen soldiers is truly beautiful. In honor of the 100th anniversary of World War I, the historic Tower of London has been transformed by a massive art installation. This summer, the Tower Of London will be surrounded by a sea of crimson.
The moat that surrounds the Tower of London has long stood empty and dry. But now, what may look like gushing blood from it’s very walls, is actually something beautiful.
This summer, the moat has been filled with 888,246 red ceramic poppies, each one represents a British or Colonial soldier who perished during World War I.
For the past few weeks, a team of 150 volunteers has been placing red ceramic poppies one by one around the massive Tower.
The last poppy will be symbolically planted on the very last day of the installation: November 11, Armistice Day.
Each evening, the Last Post will be sounded and a selection of names of the dead read out loud. It’s stunning and sobering commemoration that befits the Great War.
There will be a total of 888,246 poppies planted, with each flower representing a British military fatality from WWI.
Regardless of why their countries went to war, we should never forget the selfless acts of these brave men.