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'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation of 888,246 red ceramic poppies to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.

The final poppy was planted on Armistice Day.

 

Floodlit display on the eve of Armistice Day.

"Many veterans dream of being buried here. These grounds speak of dignity and respect, and the magnitude of the cemetery guarantees that America will never forget service members' sacrifices."

John C. Metzler

 

Have a great day!

I have no experience of war but it must be terrible. My uploads to commemorate Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day do not seek to glamourize war but to display gratitude to all those who have served or continue to do so. I know that soldiers of all sides have committed atrocities so please refrain from any jingoism if leaving a comment. Thank you to the Lions led by lambs.

 

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The best of prophets of the future is the past.

El millor profeta del futur es el passat.

El mejor profeta del futuro es el pasado.

Lord Byron

'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation of 888,246 red ceramic poppies to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.

The final poppy was planted on Armistice Day.

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

 

The evolving installation by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, will officially be unveiled on 5 August 2014; one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.

 

Entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ the installation is being created in the Tower’s famous dry moat and will continue to grow throughout the summer until the moat is filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies, each poppy representing a British military fatality during the war.

 

A symbol of Remembrance in the UK, the poppies will encircle the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower, but also an inspiring setting for learning activities and a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation intends to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary creating a powerful visual commemoration.

 

The poppies will be installed by a team of over 8,000 volunteers from across the UK and the last poppy will be planted on Armistice Day, 11 November 2014.

 

Each 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 amount to millions of pounds if all poppies are sold, will be shared equally amongst six service charities. The charities chosen are The Royal British Legion. Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO), Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes and SSAFA (formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association).

 

www.poppies.hrp.org.uk/buy-a-poppy

'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation of 888,246 red ceramic poppies to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.

The final poppy was planted on Armistice Day.

 

Floodlit display on the eve of Armistice Day.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.

Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,

They fell with their faces to the foe.

 

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

 

Lest we forget.

 

The "Ode of Remembrance" is an ode taken from Laurence Binyon's "For the Fallen", which was first published in The Times in September 1914

 

Remembrance Day (Australia, Canada, United Kingdom), also known as Poppy Day (Malta and South Africa) and Armistice Day (France, New Zealand, and many other Commonwealth countries; and the original name of the day internationally) is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War. It is observed on 11 November to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918. The observance is specifically dedicated to members of the armed forces who were killed during war, and was created by King George V on 7 November 1919 (possibly upon the suggestion of Edward George Honey to Wellesley Tudor Pole, who established two ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917)

Let us never forget.

 

My Grandad was only 16 but went and signed up to do his duty for his country (Actually in The Great War - 1915). He used to proudly tell me how the officer looked him up and down, (knowing he was underage) said "your'e a bit small for 17"...but then declared "You'll stop a bullet" and promptly took him in. Many of our men, were really still so young. Im glad he didnt stop a bullet, and that he went on to be the most amazing man who I loved dearly.

 

So whether you personally know someone or not, today remember all those brave soldiers who fought and especially those who lost their lives for our country.

 

Remember them.

 

psooc

 

Explored, thank you

  

St James's Park, London

 

Armistice Day 11/11/2014

'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation of 888,246 red ceramic poppies to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.

The final poppy was planted on Armistice Day.

'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation of 888,246 red ceramic poppies to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.

The final poppy was planted on Armistice Day.

 

The Weeping Window.

'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation of 888,246 red ceramic poppies to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.

The final poppy was planted on Armistice Day.

For Remembrance Day

 

Strobist info; Nikon SB800 off camera to lower right, 1/64 power, through umbrella, f7.1, ebay trigger used.

ID Number: P06003.001

Place made: Unknown

 

The photograph was probably taken in Australia, pre-embarkation, sometime between 1915 and 1918.

 

Featured in the Memorial's 2008 exhibition Icon and Archive, the identity of this striking-looking man is not known and the Memorial had a lot of responses from people with possible identifications, none of which have been him.

 

Rights Info: No known copyright restrictions.

 

This photograph is from the Australian War Memorial's collection www.awm.gov.au

 

Persistent URL: cas.awm.gov.au/photograph/P06003.001

  

For Armistice Day 2014 remembering all those on both sides who fell.

888,246 ceramic poppies. A sea of red round The Tower of London.

'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation of 888,246 red ceramic poppies to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.

The final poppy was planted on Armistice Day.

For love of country they accepted death.......

James A. Garfield

Remembrance Day

Boucherville, Qc

'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation of 888,246 red ceramic poppies to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.

The final poppy was planted on Armistice Day.

 

Chelsea Pensioner.

In Flanders Fields the poppies grow.

Thank you for any and all views, faves, invites to groups, comments and constructive critique. I’m not keen on: invitations to post 1 award 3; copy and paste comments (you know who you are); or links to your work. If you like my images there is a good chance I will like yours and I tend to reciprocate views as a matter of courtesy and personal interest. All my images are my own original work, under my copyright, with all rights reserved. This means asking the owner's permission, and obtaining it, before using the image for ANY purpose.

 

Copyright infringement is theft.

 

'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'.

 

Above excerpt from the poem 'For The Fallen' by Robert Laurence Binyon

 

'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation of 888,246 red ceramic poppies to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.

The final poppy was planted on Armistice Day.

 

Planting of the 888,246th poppy.

 

Still some green, not yet covered in red

'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation of 888,246 red ceramic poppies to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.

The final poppy was planted on Armistice Day.

'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation of 888,246 red ceramic poppies to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.

The final poppy was planted on Armistice Day.

 

The Wave.

History refuses to stay buried; it is reclaimed by dreams and midnight-night memories turning up like stones from the bedrock on a freshly cultivated field ..

 

Quotes Mrs Happy Face

 

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Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

 

The evolving installation by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, will officially be unveiled on 5 August 2014; one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.

 

Entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ the installation is being created in the Tower’s famous dry moat and will continue to grow throughout the summer until the moat is filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies, each poppy representing a British military fatality during the war.

 

A symbol of Remembrance in the UK, the poppies will encircle the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower, but also an inspiring setting for learning activities and a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation intends to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary creating a powerful visual commemoration.

 

The poppies will be installed by a team of over 8,000 volunteers from across the UK and the last poppy will be planted on Armistice Day, 11 November 2014.

 

Each 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 amount to millions of pounds if all poppies are sold, will be shared equally amongst six service charities. The charities chosen are The Royal British Legion. Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO), Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes and SSAFA (formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association).

 

www.poppies.hrp.org.uk/buy-a-poppy

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.

On this day, 11 November - Armistice Day, it seems appropriate to feature a tiny English village in the middle of the Northamptonshire countryside. It has its own small war memorial on the village green with several wreaths, which would have been placed there on Sunday in a short service of remembrance. Similar events will have happened all over the country.

 

Castle Ashby is a pretty estate village with just a small number of houses, the Falcon Hotel (an excellent pub-restaurant) and a small development of specialist retail outlets situated in former estate buildings. Castle Ashby itself is a large castellated country house belonging to the Marquess of Northampton (see below). Its gardens are open to the public, as is the estate's church, but the house itself is not.

 

The Falcon, pictured on the right, is Grade II-listed and dates from 1564 according to one website, though British Listed Buildings states that it was built in the late 1600s. It has subsequently been altered and extended.

'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation of 888,246 red ceramic poppies to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.

The final poppy was planted on Armistice Day.

 

7.00am sunrise on Armistice Day.

A friend on Flickr reminded me that this was Armistice Day and my father, a man I adored, was one of these men we remember today.

'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation of 888,246 red ceramic poppies to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.

The final poppy was planted on Armistice Day.

God bless all who have served our country in the past and all who are serving right now. I always appreciate their dedication and commitment to our country and its people. Thank you all.

 

Happy Veterans Day AMERICA

If only the "war to end all wars" did...

'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation of 888,246 red ceramic poppies to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.

The final poppy was planted on Armistice Day.

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