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Tower of London marks WW1 centenary with a sea of poppies Tower of London marks WW1 centenary with a sea of poppies 10559758 10153063939869278 3463992010070663637 n

Tower of London marks WW1 centenary with a sea of poppies

To mark WW1 centenary, the Tower of London will be surrounded by a sea of poppies,one for each British and Colonial fatality of the war.

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From August 5 to November 11, the dry moat will be turned into a sea of red, with one poppy for each of the 888,246 British and Colonial soldiers killed during the war.

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Mr.Cummins:“Soldiers had to make wills because in those days if they didn’t their property would not be passed on to their loved ones.

“I read through an archive of the wills and came across one written by a man who said everyone he knew had been killed. He wrote of ‘blood swept lands and seas of red, where angels dare to tread’.

“It read like a poem and it just seemed to fit.”

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“Each ceramic poppy will be available to buy for £25 (+p&p) from 5 August 2014. 10% from each poppy, plus all net proceeds, which we hope will be millions of pounds if all poppies are sold, will be shared equally amongst six service charities.

The charities chosen are Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO), Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes, Royal British Legion and SSAFA (formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association). ” 

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General the Lord Dannatt, Constable of the Tower of London, said: “We want it to be epic and also personal. It will be an amazing sight. The poppies will completely fill the moat all the way round.

“The Tower played its part in the war, and 1,600 men swore their oath of allegiance in the moat in August 1914, so it is a fitting location. I hope this will be the iconic image of this summer.”

Poppies lie in Tower of London moat to commemorate WW1 victims . Tower of London marks WW1 centenary with a sea of poppies Tower of London marks WW1 centenary with a sea of poppies poppies 1024x649

I’m so in love with this. A very peaceful action that marks a huge and sad war for all the world.


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Details of how to purchase a poppy: www.hrp.org.uk

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