2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. An event that would continue for another four years and affect individuals, communities and ultimately, world history.
Please click here for a history of the war.
By now, you will have no doubt noticed red poppies being worn on lapels or the installation at the Tower of London. The Red Poppy is used as a symbol of Remembrance Day (in commemoration with the Armistice and similar to Veteran’s Day in the U.S.) throughout the Commonwealth – the poppy was chosen because it was one of the few plants that were able to grow on the barren battlefields of the Great War.
Since the end of the war, Red Poppies are worn in support of the Poppy Appeal sponsored by the British Legion. The appeal supports the families of service men and women as well as veterans and those transition out of the military and into civilian life. Please click here for more details about the British Legion.
The installation is called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red and will be on display from now until the 11th of November (Remembrance Day). Click here for more information about the installation.
There will also be commemorations across the UK in the lead up to Remembrance Day. Click here to learn more and take part.