This year marks the centenary of World War I or the Great War. We’ve all heard of the huge numbers of dead in that war but it’s terribly difficult to really grasp numbers that large.
You may already have seen photos of the display at the Great Tower of London, which gives terrible meaning to the number 888,246—the British dead in the war.
Angela, from The Silver Voice of Ireland, has posted her own pictures that capture the heart-breaking beauty of the display of 888,246 ceramic poppies, as they cascade from a window at the Great Tower of London into a sea of red. Her words also remind us that, although the display is dazzling and that the lives had beauty, the deaths were often “slow and obscene.”
Keep in mind as you look at the photos that the poppies represent only a fraction of the dead, worldwide, from the war. We would need to add 18 times the number of poppies to account for the estimated 16 million combatants and civilians who lost their lives.
I have just returned from a short trip to London, England,where we lived for almost two decades before returning to Ireland. London is a city that I love and I look forward to each return visit. This year marks the centenary of the start of the First World War which has been commemorated in the most astonishing way at the historic Tower of London.
The ‘Weeping Window’ the source of the wave of poppies that will fill the moat
Some decades ago, when I worked in the banking area in the City of London, summer lunchtime would be spent sitting on the grass looking down at the Tower and enjoying the sunshine. We happily munched on our ham and mustard or cheese and pickle sandwiches while enjoying the historic view and discussing the gruesome executions that took place just yards from where we dined! The Tower itself dates back to…
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