As I’m sure everyone will know today is a special day, as today, the 11th of the 11th 2018, marks the centenary of the end of the First World War.
The Royal British Legion have been commemorating the occasion in various ways. Just in London there is the ‘Weeping Window’ display of Poppies at the Imperial War Museum and also the ‘Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers’ event at the Tower of London.
Fortunately, I have been able to visit both places to see how they’re celebrating the centenary. Today I will share some photographs from my experience at the Tower of London. I made sure that we got there for when the ceremony started at 5pm. It was incredible to watch the Tower moat come to life as each individual flame was lit by volunteers.
Hundreds of people gathered to watch the ceremony in front of the Tower of London. It started off with a procession led by the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London. They ceremoniously lit the first flame before the team of volunteers, consisting of former servicemen and women, lit the rest of the flames as music played in the background.
Beyond the Deepening Shadow happened over 8 nights. The last night is of course tonight and each night 10,000 flames illuminated the dry moat. Lest We Forget.
“Beyond the Deepening Shadow is an evolving installation, which will unfold each evening over the course of four hours with the Tower moat gradually illuminated by individual flames.” – The Tower of London website, found here.
To find out more about the event read here:
All photography used in this blog post is my own.