A day to remember… an annual remembrance of those who lost their lives in service to their country since WWI. Although we remember all of those who have given a life, a limb, or a loved one to the cause on this day (11am on the 11th day of the 11th month), this year is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI. As such London has gone all out.
Most notable would have to be the Tower of London and it’s sea of poppies (888,246 poppies) . I was lucky enough to see the beginning of this amazing insulation in August.
Although only partially done, it still had a profound affect. I have a brother in the Marine Corp and my father is a retired Navy officer. Admittedly things like this hit home for me. As I know they must for millions of others with family that serve their country. I would hate for a poppy to represent my brother or father, but I would be glad that they were remembered.
The poppy here has a dual purpose: they serve as a symbol for remembrance, but also their proceeds go toward charities for veterans. I wish we had a program like this in America.
Remembrance Day coincides with Armistice Day, the day WWI ended in 1918. We call it Veteran’s Day back home, and luckily they all fall on the same day. Though we celebrate with the US flag, it is nice to know that people around the world stop on this day and remember the cost of trying to make the world as safe and free a place as possible.
Thank you to all those who serve.