Tower Of London Lights Up In Breathtaking Display for Anniversary Of The End Of World War 1
To commemorate the centennial of the end of World War 1, the Tower of London will glow in a spectacular tribute. “Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers” is an exhibit lasting eight nights, beginning November 3 and culminating on November 11, where torches representing lives lost in World War I will light up the moat surrounding the Tower of London.
The Great War
Also referred to as the “Great War,” World War I was a five-year conflict lasting from 1914 to 1918 that marked a significant shift in our culture. The tremendous number of lives lost and damage inflicted left a dark shadow over Europe.
The exhibit ends on November 11, or Remembrance Day in the UK. Eleven is an important number as the end of the Great War was officially declared, “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.” The tone of this day is one of both respect and hope.
Lighting The Torches
The ceremony begins at 5:00 pm. As the sun sets, a bugler plays, “The Last Post,” a song traditionally performed at military funerals or events honoring the fallen.
Next, the Yeoman warders start to light the torches. Also known as “Beefeaters,” the Yeoman warders wear the recognizable uniform of black and red and serve as the guards of the Tower of London. As darkness falls around the Tower of London, the number of lights increases. The torches burn until 8 pm.
A Glowing Field of Poppies
The lights surrounding the Tower of London are a brilliant and sobering sight. It’s a reminder of the millions who died during the Great War.
The bright spots of color are also referential to the red poppies the British wear on Remembrance Day inspired by the poem by Canadian John McRae. A line in the poem describes a cemetery with the phrase, “In Flanders fields the poppies blow / Between the crosses, row on row.”
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