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PopWrapped | Current Events

London Commemorates WWI with a Sea of Red Clay Poppies

Christa Tintelnot | PopWrapped Author

Christa Tintelnot

Updated 11/11/2014 7:26pm
London Commemorates WWI with a Sea of Red Clay Poppies | poppies
Tower Bridge Poppies Tens of thousands have come to London this week to commemorate Armistice Day, an annual observance of the end of World War I. Millions have seen the sea of red clay poppies that have been set up near the Tower of London since August. In total, there are 888,246 clay poppies that have been placed into the ground, each honoring one life lost in WW I. The sweeping form of art, called "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" has been toured by British royalty, veterans and family members of those who lost their lives during the war. Visitors are urged to purchase a clay poppy for display in their own home and as a sign of remembrance for their countrymen who made the ultimate sacrifice. Volunteers will begin removing the clay poppies on the 12th of November, but a small area will remain in place until the end of the month. In total, it is estimated that more than 4 million people have visited the site and a small display of the poppies will go on tour throughout 2018 for those who wish to see it. Following that, it will remain on permanent display at the Imperial War Museum in London. This year, 2014, marks 100 years since World War I began.

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