Beyond the Deepening Shadow

World War 1 1914 - 1918. I never once thought growing up I would be around in a time that has seen 100 years since the beginning and the end of World War 1.

As we approach 100 years since Armistice on the 11th November 1918 to 2018, the Tower of London has opened up its moat to another installation in memory for all the souls and soldiers that where lost during the War.

In 2014 the Tower of London Moat was covered in thousands of Poppies symbolising all the soldiers and souls that lost their lives in the War, ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’. I couldn’t believe once they had finished how red the moat had become with all these Poppy Flowers that symbolised the first flowers that struggled out of the mud and trenches to bloom again after the devastation that was the Great War. When looking at the moat it was an interesting mix of emotion as the Red Poppies where vivid and many but it similar to all the blood that soaked the ground of the comrades on the Western Front.

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Part of this installation has been recreated at the Imperial War Museum that is running until the 18th November 2018.

In memory for the end of World War 1 in 2018 the Tower of London has collaborated with the same artist would helped with the Poppy installation Tom Piper and artist Mira Calix have created fiery lights dotted across the moat for each Soldier from the British Commonwealth that died on the Western Front. As you witness the lights in the moat from the draw bridge to Tower Bridge you will hear different powerful sounds that touch your soul about the sadness of loss and love as well as exploring unity and division during the war.

The installation will last for 8 nights from the 4th November to the 11th November when peace was called for. From 5pm to 9pm the lights will be lit starting from the Tower draw bridge with the first light being lit by one of the Yeoman Warders who are ex-military. The first light is lit after we hear the Bugle Horn playing the Last Poet, with a minute of silence followed by the playing of The Rouse. Then from this moment they begin to light each of the thousands of torches around the moat.

It is best to arrive early such as 4.30pm maybe earlier as it will get busier each day before Armistice Day on the 11th November. You will need to follow fencing that begins from the church All Hallows by the Tower that will lead you back and forth until you are able to get a good view of the moat. From 5pm you will be able to witness the ceremony then take your time walking around the edge of the moat perimeter as you can see each flame grow and the whole moat being covered in flames to honour all the souls that where lost by what they thought would be the war to end all wars.

This is a shocking and power homage made to end 100 years since World War 1. The Tower of London couldn’t have been a better place to honour these souls.

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