Tower of London Lights up for WW1 Centenary

Paula Liu
By Paula Liu
November 6, 2018UKshare

Nov. 11 marks the 100th year anniversary since the end of the first world war in 1918.

On Nov. 4, ten thousand torches will light the moat of the tower of London.

To commemorate the date, a display titled “Beyond the Deepening Shadow” will run for eight nights.

This will lead up to the Armistice Day on Nov. 11.

People have volunteered to light the tower moat, many of whom have a family connection to the war.

The Constable of the Tower of London, General Nicholas Houghton called it an “act of collective remembrance.”

“When you’re celebrating or commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, which was such a totemic war in our history; clearly, and it’s happening all over the nation and it has done to an extent for the past four years commemorating that war, it’s important that institutions like Historic Royal Palaces and the Tower of London make their own contribution to allow the public an act of collective remembrance such as this.”

Every day between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., the tower moat will be slowly lit with torches.

In 2014, the Tower of London featured an installation called “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”

Where ceramic poppies, representing the fatalities during the war, flew from the wall into the dry moat.

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