I don’t know anyone in my family who fought in either World War. I don’t have any family currently in the Services. But I’ve always watched the Remembrance Day Parade and my kids have been involved in some when in Scouts and Guides. I think it is important that we do remember those who have fought and died for our freedoms. With Social Media and 24 hour rolling news, we have all had much more access to the modern conflicts and are much more aware and supportive of those that are killed and maimed.
In the past 10 years, as both my Nan and Mum have died in this week, that’s the poignant remembrance for me.
This year, the Centenary of the First World War, there has been a special art installation at the Tower of London. I’ve seen it on the telly and seen photographs. It looked amazing and my kids and I decided that as this was a Historic event and it would not be there forever, we really should go and see it. It literally took my breathe away and really touched me. The poppies are beautiful and when you take in the scale of numbers, it is humbling and awe-inspiring. My eyes were pricking with tears as we walked slowly around the Tower. Although there were quite a lot of people there, everyone was behaving respectfully.
Here are some of the pictures I took.
I am so glad that I took the time to go and see this.