This is the spectacular installation at the Tower of London, commemorating 100 years since Armastice Day. There are 10,000 flames, which represent not just the soldiers who lost their lives, but all those who were bereaved or affected by the war. Each flame is ceremonially lit, creating a circle of light around the tower as a powerful symbol of remembrance. The lighting takes 4–50 minutes and the flames remain lit for around four hours. I really recommend you see this post from a previous commemoration.
To commemorate 100 years since the start of World War I, an exhibition entitled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” was created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and theatre designer Tom Piper. It has truly captured the heart of a nation, having been visited by more than four million people, equating to about 70,000 people a day. While a spectacular vision, it also masks the tragedy of war. Each of the 888,246 poppies represents a British or Colonial soldier’s life lost in World War I. With today being the Armastice, it seemed fitting to put the photos up that my mum took when she visited recently.