World War I's devastating death toll has a haunting, yet rather beautiful, public memorial at the Tower of London.
"Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red," an installation by artist Paul Cummins, depicts swells of red poppies surrounding the famous Tower of London's dry moat.
"It will continue to grow throughout the summer until the moat is filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies, each poppy representing a British or Colonial military fatality during the war," according to the Historic Royal Palaces.
The poppies -- Britain's flower of remembrance -- spill out of the tower windows and create what looks like a swirling, encroaching blood stain. It's very fitting, as death lapped at doors of so many British and commonwealth families in WWI. Yet close up, it appears a lovely poppy field.
The last poppy will be symbolically painted on Nov. 11, Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom and commonwealth countries.
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The United Kingdom entered WWI on Aug. 4, 1914. Given its control over many countries in the commonwealth, that plunged several other nations into war as well. Fighting raged for four years.
This summer is filled with remembrances of the start of World War I, the Great War, the War to End All Wars.