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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!

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.

 

Floodlit display on the eve of 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.

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

  

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)

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

  

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

For Remembrance Day

 

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

11.11.2010 Remembrance Day ♥

 

Peace to each manly soul that sleepeth;

Rest to each faithful eye that weepeth...

~Thomas Moore

 

♥ The light burns in our hearts ♥

'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.

St James's Park, London

 

Armistice Day 11/11/2014

For all those who have fallen. Taken near Poynings, West Sussex.

'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.

 

Final Roll of Honour.

'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.

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.

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

James A. Garfield

The blood swept lands and seas of red,

Where angels dare to tread.

As God cried a tear of pain as the angels fell,

Again and again.

As the tears of mine fell to the ground

To sleep with the flowers of red

As any be dead

My children see and work through fields of my

Own with corn and wheat,

Blessed by love so far from pain of my resting

Fields so far from my love.

It be time to put my hand up and end this pain

Of living hell. to see the people around me

Fall someone angel as the mist falls around

And the rain so thick with black thunder I hear

Over the clouds, to sleep forever and kiss

The flower of my people gone before time

To sleep and cry no more

I put my hand up and see the land of red,

This is my time to go over,

I may not come back

So sleep, kiss the boys for me

 

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.

 

Chelsea Pensioner.

'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.

St John's College, University of Cambridge. Attended a moving Remembrance Day service here at 11.00 am on 11 November. Names of college service persons killed in conflict were read out. All so young. Photos of those killed in recent conflicts can be seen by the wreath (the first three in the row were killed in Afghanistan). All so sad, so tragic. Prompts one to wonder: Why?

In Flanders Fields the poppies grow.

'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.

Created on 11-11-11 at the Kings Park War Memorial, Perth, Western Australia to especially remember and honour the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

 

Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918; hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice ("at the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 a.m.)

 

The Red Poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields". These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

 

In the United States, and some other allied nations, 11 November was formerly known as Armistice Day; in the United States it was given its new name of Veterans Day in 1954 at the end of the Korean War to honor all veterans.

 

Thank you to the RSLWA Inc and the authors cited for the detailed story of The Red Poppy.

 

Thank you also to the Veterans at my local supermarket who kindly supplied me with the poppies today.

   

Remembrance Day

Boucherville, Qc

A Cross of Remembrance attached to the railings around the Tower of London with some of the the thousands of ceramic poppies in the background. It was an awesome sight......

 

'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.

Thank You Veterans

 

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 Patricia Bechthold

 

Archives

View On White

 

A re-upload to mark the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day.

Thank you to each and every Veteran out there who has served their country and given so much of their life, and in some cases their very life, to serve their country. To their families who always support them in these efforts a thank you to you for your service too!

I wore my poppy today and felt smug.

(For Armistice Day. I've disabled comments, but notes are always welcome)

'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.

 

Looks best on black..

  

No iphone processing this time.. all Pe7 with a bit of SilverEfexPro and picnik to finish.

 

Texture used.. Ruby blossom with thanks..

 

I heard an interview on the radio today which highlighted a song about a Piper going to war .. its by Mark Knopfler about his 23 year old Uncle who died in WW2.

Called Piper to the End. I thought it was so beautiful and poignant for today..here is the link if you want to listen to it..

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCAtVJSNdQE

A landscape for Armistice Day

More info on the design here: mattlyon.tumblr.com

'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 poppy's significance to Remembrance Day is a result of Canadian military physician John McCrae's poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy emblem was chosen because of the poppies that bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their red colour an appropriate symbol for the bloodshed of trench warfare. A Frenchwoman, Anna E. Guérin, introduced the widely used artificial poppies given out today. Some people choose to wear white poppies, which emphasises a desire for peaceful alternatives to military action.

 

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