Last week I was chatting with my husband when he just made a comment, “all the poppies in the Tower have been sold out”. Oh that’s a shame was my reply. “Did you want one?” he asked, and when my reply was “yes”, he said, good job I ordered you one back in August. He knows me too well. We decided there and then that we will take the train up on Sunday to see the poppies. The journey took just over 2 hours to Waterloo, and as it was a lovely day, we decided to walk to the Tower of London.
The poppy field installation in the moat around the Tower is entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, and it was conceived by artist Paul Cummins. We think it is an amazing way to commemorate the First World War, and on its completion on Armistice Day 11 November 2014 the moat will contain 888,246 ceramic poppies, one for each British and Colonial fatality during World War One.
We walked around the moat with thousands of other peoples who come to see it, and maybe to remember family members lost in wars. It was a truly amazing sight, the poppies on mass looking like blood running in rivers around the Tower. It certainly a humbling feeling, all those life lost in just one war.
I know some people are against the display and to the wearing of a poppy, they say it glorifies the wars. It is as far from the truth as possible in our case. My husband has served 35 in the army, as his father served in the army in his younger days, and his grandfather in the navy. Wars are cold, brutal, bloody, destroying lives, and unfortunately man made. However it can also give hope for some for a better future. We wear our poppies with pride remembering all those who lost their lives.