World War I, known at the time as the Great War, was thought to
be the war that would end all future wars. All sides suffered an
incredibly high number of needless deaths, and the war devastated an
entire generation. In fact, the sheer amount of destruction and
death has only been eclipsed by World War II.
Since it ended, all countries involved have held memorials to
remember their fallen dead who sacrificed their lives for the good
of their country. This fact is all the more so in England, where
nearly a million people lost their lives. What they've done to
commemorate their fallen soldiers is truly beautiful, while also
helping us understand the true scope of these soldiers' sacrifice.
Even a hundred years later, we should not forget their incredible
acts of heroism.
The moat that surrounds the Tower of London has long stood empty
and dry. But now, what may look like gushing blood from it's very
walls, is actually something very beautiful. Enjoy! :)
The moat has been filled with 888,246 red ceramic poppies, one
for each British and Colonial soldier who perished during World War
A team of 150 volunteers placed red ceramic poppies one by one
around the Tower.
The last poppy was symbolically planted on the last day of the
installation: November 11, Armistice Day.
Each evening, the Last Post is sounded and a selection of names
of the dead read out loud. It's a stunning and sobering
commemoration that befits the Great War.
Regardless of why their countries went to war, we should never
forget the selfless acts of these brave men. Please share their
story, and help remember their lives, by forwarding this far and
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