Remembrance Sunday

For me, Remembrance Sunday means taking a two minute silence at 11am in memory of those who have been affected in the conflict of war.  The tribute started in 1919, a year on from the official end of the First World War on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day on the eleventh month in 1918 – Armistice Day.

Tower Poppies

Marking 100 years since the start of World War I there has been more coverage this year than in previous years with the poppy installation at the Tower of London.

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red features 888,246 ceramic poppies planted in the moat at the Tower of London, each one representing a British military fatality during the war.

I went to see it a couple of months ago, and it is stunning.  Beautifully poignant and a fitting tribute.

Not to detract from the typical annual donations to The Royal British Legion, I opted this year for something slightly different.  A poppy with a twist.  And what better twist than Lego!

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As part of a limited collection of 100, each Lego poppy was hand created by Justin Ramsden with all proceeds split between The Royal British Legion and Help For Heroes.

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The collection was designed and built in memory of Thomas Henry Hodgson, and “all those who not only fought in the First World War, but every state of conflict ever since”.

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The poppy arrived carefully boxed and wrapped in a lovely brick graphic printed paper which, in true Lego fashion, shows the pieces that comprise it.

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You can see more of Justin’s work here.

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2 Responses to “Remembrance Sunday”


  1. 1 andreablythe November 9, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I was at the Tower just today and, I agree, the poppies installation is stunning. It’s no wonder that it was so crowded down there. I saw some people wearing the Lego poppies, but I didn’t know what they were for — I just associated them with the installation. Thanks for sharing!

  2. 2 theridgeschool November 17, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Reblogged this on The Ridge School Blog and commented:
    A beautiful reflection on Remembrance Sunday which takes place on the on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day on the eleventh month.


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