Following on from my sentimental and reality check articles on here such as my tribute to Jordan Kennedy and the 15 Things I Want to Achieve This Year, I landed back in England, bought myself a poppy and decided to spend a bit more time in England than usual on this adventure. It’s 100 years since the Great War. A sad fact but a good time to reflect on it, commemorate those who fought and died in the First World War and remember them. We will remember them.
So I found out about the Poppies at the Tower of London display and it was something I felt I needed to check out. I booked into the Mad Hatter Hotel in Southwark, London and stayed central for a night. We don’t always pay our respects to the heroes of yesteryear, caught up in our own busy lifestyle. The UK is a proud place for commemoration though, and when Remembrance Day (11/11) comes round, it’s a time to reflect and remember the war heroes.
How to get to the Poppies Display
The easiest way is by tube – London Underground. Simply hop onto a tube and head to Tower Hill station on the Circle and District Line. From Tower Hill Station you can’t miss the Poppies Display. If you’re familiar with London you’ll know that Oyster Cards and Day Travelcards are the cheapest and easiest way to travel around. This is England, so it’s well sign posted.
When is the Poppy Display On?
It’s on currently and is meant to come to an end next Wednesday 12th November 2014. However recent newspapers are reporting that as the display is so moving and special that it will be extended. Head down there as soon as you can basically.
Some Facts About the Poppy Display
Here are some facts about the Poppy Display at the Tower of London, England
– There are 888,246 poppies in the display (one for every Commonwealth life claimed during the First World War)
– The first poppy was planted on 17th July (100 Year Anniversary of WWI)
– The last poppy will be planted on 11th November (Armistice Day)
Win A Poppy/Donate to the Cause
The iconic ceramic poppies are now sold out – but you can still be in with a chance to own one of these pieces of history. Just fill in your details in the Rafflecopter widget on Facebook before midnight on November 23rd 2014 (open to UK residents only).
You can also show your support for the “Tower of London Remembers” campaign by making a dedication at their website, or texting TOLR99 plus the amount you wish to donate to 70070 (for example: TOLR9910 to donate £10).
I’ll be writing about the Tower of London itself (as I toured it for the first time) in a separate more detailed post but for now, while the display is on, please head down and pay your respects and don’t forget to donate some cash and buy a poppy. Wear your poppy with pride.
The last post is played nightly at sunset as a moving tribute and at 11.11 am on the 11th November a two minute’s silence will be observed.
Here is a link to the infographic on the Tower of London Poppies: