Those of you not living in the UK may not be aware of the amazing art installation currently on display at The Tower of London, “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”. It has been visited by about four million people to date and movingly marks one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.
Created by ceramic artist, Paul Cummins, 888, 246 ceramic poppies have been used to fill the Tower’s moat over the summer. Every single poppy represents a British military fatality during the war.
The very last poppy was planted today – Remembrance Day.
To mark today, here’s a verse from one of my favourite war poems, “For the Fallen” by Robert Laurence Binyon who wrote so movingly about those who died.
For the Fallen
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)
© Andrea Neidle, My Life in Poems