“In Flanders Field the poppies blow” is the first line of the poem by the Canadian doctor John Mccrae. He wrote the poem after he was asked to conduct a burial service for his friend who had been killed at Ypres in the spring of 1915. This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the first World War.
In commemoration the Tower of London is installing a public work of art designed by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper.
On the 11th of November 2014, the last representative ceramic poppy of the 888,246 poppies that are being installed by volunteers all this summer and fall, will be put in place. The total number represents the total number of dead soldiers and sailors from Great Britain, and her colonies.
The installation is jaw dropping in it’s significance of showing the lifeblood of an entire generation lost to war.
For more info go to the historic royal places site.