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BLOOD SWEPT LANDS AND SEAS OF RED    11-1-2014

 

 

At the Tower of London a remarkable exhibit has been installed commemorating the 100the anniversary of Britain’s entry into World War I. Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red honors 888,246 military personnel who died.


The artists, Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, created hand-made poppies which progressively filled the Tower’s moat between July 17 and November 11, 2014. Each poppy represented a fatality and all were sold, raising millions of pounds, which were donated to six service charities.

 

 This beautiful installation is both shocking and contemplative. Each day, at sunset, names of 180 troops were read out as part of a Roll of Honor.

 

You may remember the musician, Sting’s, poignant song, which speaks of this tragic event.

 

Sting – Children’s Crusade Lyrics

 

Young men, soldiers, nineteen fourteen
Marching through countries they’d never seen
Virgins with rifles, a game of charades
All for a children’s crusade
Pawns in the game are not victims of chance
Strewn on the fields of Belgium and France
Poppies for young men, death’s bitter trade
All of those young lives betrayed
The children of England would never be slaves
They’re trapped on the wire and dying in waves
The flower of England face down in the mud
And stained in the blood of a whole generation
Corpulent generals safe behind lines
History’s lessons drowned in red wine
Poppies for young men, death’s bitter trade
All of those young lives betrayed
All for a children’s crusade
The children of England would never be slaves
They’re trapped on the wire and dying in waves
The flower of England face down in the mud
And stained in the blood of a whole generation
Midnight in Soho nineteen eighty four
Fixing in doorways, opium slaves
Poppies for young men, such bitter trade
All of those young lives betrayed
All for a children’s crusade

Songwriter: Sumner, Gordon Matthew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://poppies.hrp.org.uk/about-the-installation