These pictures were taken at the Tower of London

2014 was the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

By Armistice Day – 11th day of the 11th month, there were roughly the same number of poppies around the Tower of London as there were servicemen killed during 1914 – 1918 in WWI (a.k.a. the Great War).

Remembrance honours those who serve to defend our democratic freedoms and way of life. We remember the service and sacrifice, friendship and collaboration of the men and women of Britain, the Commonwealth and Allied nations who fought together in 1914-18 and 1939-1945.

This year the British Legion has added: “We pay tribute to the special contribution of families, as well as the emergency services. And we acknowledge those innocent civilians who have lost their lives in conflict and acts of terrorism.”

In Flanders Fields

The poem by John McCrae

In Flanders’ fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders’ fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high,
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow 
In Flanders’ Fields.