When the CMF Magazine team was combing through pictures we were lost as to what image would best represent today’s theme of “red” for Veteran’s Affairs Canada’s 11 Days of Remembrance initiative.
Suggestions were made, including the Canadian flag, however, we were really looking to find a red image that was powerful, that truly represented remembrance. And then our team finally came across an image of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.
We were immediately taken aback by the image. It depicted everything we were looking for.
The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is a haunting, moving and beautiful image that is simultaneously tragic and captures the reality of war and loss of life. It truly shows what the cost of freedom is.
The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is major artwork installation that was on display at the Tower of London from July 17 to November 14, 2014. The display marked the centenary of the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.
The artwork was created by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper and consisted of 888,246 ceramic poppies. These poppies encircled the historic landmark that not only made a powerful statement but created a place for personal reflection.
The name of the artwork was taken from the first line of a poem written by an unknown World War One soldier.