November 11, 2014


In England, November 11th is celebrated as what is called Remembrance Day. For all of you history buffs, it was originally celebrated worldwide as the armistice that ended WWI on "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month." (We were obviously much more poetic back then.) In most of the rest of the English-speaking world, this day is akin to our Memorial Day.
Its symbol is the red poppy to memorialize the fallen soldiers, due (again, poetic) to the poem "In Flanders Fields" which begins with the lines
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row
This explains the red poppies used in the stunning installation at the Tower of London.  888,246 red ceramic poppies, representing all the dead Commonwealth soldiers in WWI, appear to pour from the tower. I wish I could have seen it in person.

Happy Veterans Day to all who served and are serving. Thanks.

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