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Friday, 24 October 2014

Poppies

A fairly short blog post tonight.

Yesterday, I went up to London with my wife and daughter, to see the ceramic poppies planted in the moat of the Tower of London. The intention was to sell and plant nearly 900,000 poppies by the 11th November. The sale target has now been met and the team of volunteers are working hard to make sure all the poppies are planted in time.

The spectacle is mind-blowing and well worth the trip, though be prepared for the crowds... they'll become larger as we approach Remembrance Day. The concept is brilliant and the organisation behind it is equally brilliant, so if you have the chance to go there, do so.

Purposefully, I haven't posted any photos because you need to see it to appreciate it... amd I promise you will.

Remembrance Day is becoming more poignant every year. When I was a Scout Leader we paraded to the local cenotaph where there would be a small number of WW1 veterans and a slightly larger number of WW2 vets. Now the number of vets is down to a small handful in wheelchairs and it won't be too lomg before the space reserved for those who serbed in the World Wars will be empty.

The ceramic poppies is a perfect reminder of those wo gave their lives, but it's a start, not a finish.

Blog on, Dudes!

1 comment:

  1. It's important to remember - to remember those who died, and remember that war is a terrible thing

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