Today is LONDON POPPY DAY, 29th October 2015.
‘By wearing a Royal British Legion poppy, you are helping provide support to thousands of veterans, Service men and women.’
The photo below was one of the very many striking images from last year’s (2014) 100 year anniversary of the commemoration of the outbreak of The Great War 1914-1918.
The bronze statue depicts a valiant, yet humble, ordinary War soldier, with hat and rifle. He is coated in red paper poppies, floating all around him, in his arms and at his feet. The monument itself was placed in Trafalgar Square, where during the war rallying speeches were delivered and after the war, joyful celebrations took place.
He faces the direction of Westminster Abbey, where the tomb of the unknown warrior lies, and towards St Stephens Tower: Big Ben, whose powerful chimes of 11 bells at 11 o’clock on the 11th November, 1918 marked the end of The Great War.
In the background is the glorious St Martin-in-the-Fields church, and behind him lies the National Gallery, home to an incredible collection of paintings.
He is immortalised and He is home.
I am so in awe of this incredible city.
Do I feel proud of my capital? Absolutely!
The generosity of the British for charitable work is unsurpassable. The ability of people to raise money for so many worthwhile causes is commendable and the kindness shown and the astonishing amounts saved and donated is amazing.
With one Poppy pinned with pride to your coat, you say so much…
You remember all those who have fought for freedom and kept our country safe.
In your honour, London salutes you.
‘When you part from me, and depart our earth,
Your scarlet poppy will grow to bow in a breeze,
Their trembling wave of ‘cheerio, goodbye!’
Makes desert red; while silence bleeds into a distant cry.’
K.B. – 2015
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