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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day

Today in America we observe Veterans Day. In France it is known as Armistice Day while Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom refer to it as Remembrance Day.

Artist and ceramist Paul Cummings and stage designer Tom Piper have filled in the moat of the Tower of London with 888,246 ceramic poppies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I. Each poppy is marker for a British soldiers ultimate sacrifice. The installation, known as "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red", is in one word stunning.

The last poppy will be symbolically planted today, November 11th, 2014, by the artist. 

Today I will wear my red poppy in thankfulness for service of many veterans both known and unknown. My favorite veteran is getting a special dinner and his favorite pumpkin pie for dessert tonight.

To those who honorably fight (or have fought) for freedom I thank you.



Denise said...

Laura, You're so right -- this is stunning and so very moving. I saw a snippet of this on the news last night and was just amazed. Thanks for sharing the details with us because I didn't catch the story on the news.

Please say "Thank You" from me to your husband for his service to our country.


Denise at Forest Manor

happywonderer said...

Thank you to your hubby for his service. Love this tribute at the Tower. I would love to see it in person...

Auntie Em said...

It is so good to see all the allied countries stand together to honour all the veterans. So many families lost their loved ones. It is really brought home when you look at something like the poppies which have turned the yard red, each poppy a person who never came home.

C a i t l i n said...

This is stunning. What an incredibly poignant tribute. Thanks for sharing this.

Karena Albert said...

Such a poignant and artful tribute to those who fight and have fought for our freedom.

The Arts by Karena

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

OMGoodness, that is beautifully amazing!!! I love poppies and to see all of them is incredible! I always miss my Dad so much on this day. I never really knew him, he died when I was 4 but I always wished I had him. Beautiful post!

Debra Phillips said...

just wrote about this too as i was there and in person it was very moving and staggering