The Seas of Red you see are the Tower of London Poppies marking the Centenary Commemoration of the British fatalities in World War I.  Britain lost 888,246 people, each one is now represented by a hand-made ceramic poppy.  This art piece is only on display August 5th through November 11th, 2014.  I was very thankful to be able to see such a touching commemoration.  We forget the precious cost of war, sending ‘troops’ to faraway places to protect our security or way of life.  These poppies are a stark reminder that each of those ‘troops’ is a person someone loves and misses.

You can own your own commemorative poppy that has been displayed at the Tower of London for 25 pounds.  All net proceeds plus a guaranteed 10% from every poppy sold will be shared equally amongst six service charities, each which support current and veteran British service members and their families.  If all are sold, they will be able to raise millions of pounds.  You can also make a dedication in honor of a loved one who is serving or has previously served in the military for as little as 10 pounds, adding a story and photo if you like.  Each dedication can be seen represented as a poppy.  If you can at all, make it to London by November, this alone is worth the trip.

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