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900,000 ceramic poppies

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2014-07-23 16.14.20According to the London Evening Standard of 7 May 2014, 900,000 ceramic poppies honouring Commonwealth soldiers who died in World War I will fill the dry moat at the Tower of London.  It is hoped that the poppies will be sold at £25 each thus raising £20 million for Service charities,  The installation will be on view from 5 August, the centenary of the ‘first full day of British involvement in the First World War’, and will continue until Armistice Day, 11 November.

A fuller report, with a photograph of a ceramic poppy, appeared in the Metro, 8 May 2014.

On the 17 July 2014, the London Evening Standard reported that Yeoman Warders [Beefeaters]  ‘today planted the first of 888,246 ceramic poppies at the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the First World War.  The 888,246 poppies represent all British fatalities.’

Image:  poppies being ‘planted’ in the moat of the Tower of London, 23 July 2014.

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