Visiting London in early November it would have been hard to resist visiting the Tower of London and the WWI memorial, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, created by artist Paul Cummins. The 888,246 ceramic poppies perched on steel stalks represent lives lost in WWl will have been seen by at least 4m people by the time the installation closes on November 11, 2014.
Cummins said: ‘I was inspired to create this installation after reading a living will by an unknown soldier who we think may have been from Derby. I approached the Tower as the ideal setting as its strong military links seemed to resonate.
‘The installation is transient, I found this poignant and reflective of human life, like those who lost their lives during First World War. I wanted to find a fitting way to remember them’.
For my family, we remember Uncle Jack who ‘died of wounds’ in the fields of France and Flanders on 31 August, 1918. You are remembered.