Saturday, November 1, 2014

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

Remembrance Day in Canada is going to be especially emotional this year after two Canadian soldiers were targeted and killed in separate incidents just over a week ago. Many Canadians will  be buying and wearing poppies to remember the fallen heroes, past and present.

In the UK, to recognize the very special 100-year anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, a major art installation, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, is being put together in London at the Tower of London.

888,246 ceramic poppies, designed by artist Paul Cumming and made and installed by hundreds of volunteers have been filling up the Tower's moat over the summer. The final poppy is slated to be installed on Armistice Day, November 11. Each poppy represents the family of a British fatality (including Commonwealth - and there were more than 65,000 Canadians) during the First World War. 

The poppies have been offered for sale (£25.00) and after November 11 they will be packaged up and sent all over the world. Proceeds will go to help 6 different charities. I believe they have already sold out.

For more information go here.