During World War I, 888,246 British soldiers died.To commemorate the British and colonial fatality, a ceramic poppy for each solider will be installed near the Tower of London. The project was led by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, who were also responsible for the idea. The red ceramic poppies are going to look like a flowing sea around the the tower.
The commemoration, called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, will be unveiled on August 5th 2015, exactly a century after the first day of British involvement in the World War I. The flowers are going to be “planted” on November 11th 2014, a day that marks the end of the war for the United Kingdom. The flowers are going to be sold for £25 each and 10% of the sales are going to be equally divided among six charity organizations.
The source of inspiration behind this idea lies in a serviceman’s will made before he was killed in Flanders. Lord Dannatt said he hoped the poppies would go ‘right across the land, right across the world” after their sale.
‘The money raised will be important because it can go to help the wounded, injured and sick of our current generation, so I think the previous generation will be very pleased that their sacrifice has produce this. It’s a wonderful coming together over the 100 years’, said Lord Dannatt.