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By SP_COP on November 12, 2014 | From www.mirror.co.uk
Remembrance Day: At the rising of the sun, we remembered them... The skies were red, but the ground was redder. As the morning sun peered over the battlements of the Tower of London on Armistice Day it glowed gently on the blood red poppies below.

At the breaking of the day in the heart of London thousands had already gathered before the display that has become the most striking symbol of Britain’s tribute to its war dead.

In the year that marks 100 years since the Great War began, 70 years since the D-Day landings and the year of Britain’s
departure from Afghanistan, there could be no better image to honour the fallen.

Visitors to the display since its construction began on July 17 have included royalty and dignitaries – each laying one of the 888,246 poppies, each representing a British and Colonial life lost in the First World War.

But in the end the final poppy was planted by a 13-year-old army cadet – not much younger than many of the thousands who laid down their lives all those years ago.

Schoolboy Harry Hayes, from the combined cadet force at Reading Blue Coat School in Berkshire, completed the vibrant red swathe of Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red just before Big Ben chimed for 11am.

After he planted the final poppy, a bugler sounded the Last Post and the crowds observed a two-minute silence to mark the moment an armistice agreement between the Allied forces and Germany came into effect in 1918, ending the First World War....
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