Poppies at the Tower

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In rembrance poppies at the Tower of London

Friday crowds in a procession around the Tower

Queues often form at tourist attractions. At the Tower of London that isn’t unusual. But the length of line over the last few days to see the ceramic poppies that have been placed there is memory of those who died in WWI has been greater than many expected. And heart-warming that so many are remembering an event from 100 years ago.

888,246 poppies have been placed in the moat around the tower. Is it macabre to suggest that they look like a moat of red maybe in memory of all the blood that was spilt defending the inner walls of our way of life?

The photographs taken by Nadia Lawes on Friday when she visited the tower say more than words can.

Tower of London poppies

cameras at the Tower record this field of poppies in memory of those who lost their lives in WWI

Called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red and staged by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper. There are few families who were not affected by the war. My grandfather joined at 15 only to be bought out by his father. He joined again and was bought out again. At the third attempt his father let him have his way. Surviving the war with the loss of the top of his little finger, he was, however, badly gassed which remained with him until his early death at the age of 61 and which made him into a wheezing, stick reliant, old man more reminiscent of a person 20 years older than he was. And was one of the lucky ones who returned?

The poppies are available for sale at £25 with the money going to six service charities

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