August 5, 2014 8:10 am
Updated: August 5, 2014 8:25 am

PHOTOS: Ceramic poppies surround Tower of London to commemorate WWI

Volunteers continue to assemble an installation entitled 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' by artist Paul Cummins, made up of 888,246 ceramic poppies, is seen in the moat of the Tower of London to commemorate the First World War on August 3, 2014 in London, England.

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LONDON – A blood-red sea of ceramic poppies is spilling from the Tower of London to commemorate British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in World War I on the 100th anniversary of its start.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Harry on Tuesday to “plant” the ceramic poppies in the dry moat surrounding the Tower to honour the military dead.

Volunteers continue to assemble an installation entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ by artist Paul Cummins, made up of 888,246 ceramic poppies, is seen in the moat of the Tower of London to commemorate the First World War on August 3, 2014 in London, England. Each ceramic poppy represents an allied victim of the First World War and the display is due to be completed by Armistice Day on November 11, 2014.

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Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry visit The Tower of London’s ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ ceramic poppy installation by artist Paul Cummins, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of First World War on August 5, 2014 in London, England.

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Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) ‘plants’ a ceramic poppy as General Lord Dannatt, Constable of the Tower of London, looks on during a visit to the Tower of London’s ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ poppy installation, in central London, on August 5, 2014.

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Volunteers continue to assemble an installation entitled 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' by artist Paul Cummins, made up of 888,246 ceramic poppies, is seen in the moat of the Tower of London to commemorate the First World War on August 3, 2014 in London, England.

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The installation, called “Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red,” is made up of 120,000 ceramic poppies. More will be added in the coming months until there are 888,246 – one for each of the British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in the war.

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Gen. Richard Dannatt says one of the installation’s virtues is that it allows the dead to be remembered together as well as being individuals.

 

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