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Tower of London lights up for WW1 centenary

2018-11-06 00:57
Ten thousand torches lit the moat of the Tower of London on Sunday (November 4) to commemorate the centenary of the end of the World War One. Inaugurated with the "Last Post" sounded from one of the towers, the display entitled "Beyond the Deepening Shadow" will run for eight nights, leading up to the Armistice Day on November 11. Every day between 5 p.m. (1700 GMT) and 9 p.m. (2100 GMT), the Tower moat will be gradually illuminated by individual torches lit by volunteers, many of whom have a family connection to the World War One. The Constable of the Tower of London, General Nicholas Houghton called it an "act of collective remembrance". In 2014 the Tower of London featured the war's most enduring symbol, poppies, with an art installation called "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red," in which thousands of ceramic poppies flew from the medieval monument's wall into the dry moat. The artwork grew throughout the summer until 888,246 poppies were added to represent each British or colonial fatality during the war - more than double the number of Britain's casualties in World War Two. The "war to end all wars" spread carnage across Europe, especially northern France and Belgium, killing 17 million soldiers and civilians in 1914-18. Over one million of the dead were soldiers from Britain and its then empire.