In this article I’m going to write about the Tower of London Remembers. The Tower of London Remembers is a movement that focuses on remembering the First World War, since 2014 is the one-hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the war.
The WW1 was triggered by the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and his wife, him being the Austrian archduke. Mr. Ferdinand and his wife was shot Gavrilo Princip a Bosnian revolutionary on June 28th 1914. This event was the trigger and not the underlying cause of the WW1.
There are a few underlying causes of the WW1, the most important were maybe the alliances that had emerged over the past 40/50 years.
“By 1914, (…) alliances resulted in the six major powers of Europe coalescing into two broad groups: Britain, France and Russia formed the Triple Entente, while Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy comprised the Triple Alliance.”
Read more: http://www.theweek.co.uk/world-news/first-world-war/59782/how-did-the-first-world-war-start#ixzz3CKxlBUq0
Three other causes that came up during my digging were the following:
Nationalism – The loyalty to ones country.
Imperialism – Countries were arguing over territories and colonies.
Militarism – Britain had the most powerful navy at the time, and Germany was trying to expand theirs. By doing this they made and established strong navies in preparation of a war.
It’s important to remember that the assassination was only the trigger and the World War 1 would most likely have broken out at a later date despite of the assassination.
Germany formally surrendered on November 11th, 1918 – although the war officially ended 7 months later when the parties involved signed the Treaty of Versailles. It was signed on June 28th, 1919.
The Tower of London Remembers is a movement created in order to remember and honor the victims and soldiers and everyone involved of the WW1, especially people from the UK.
First of all you should listen to children from Grey Coat Hospital School expressing why we should remember the First World War.
Then, what’s the Tower of London Remembers exactly? As mentioned it’s a “movement created in order to remember and honor the victims and soldiers and everyone involved of the WW1″, what’s special is what one is doing in order to remember. What people are doing is buying what they call “poppies” which is small red ceramic flowers and laying them in front of the Tower of London.
The Tower had a unique role during the First World War. It was used as both a mobilization and recruitment site for troops. Tower of London was also used as an execution place for spies.
It’s important to remember the First World War, it was the first global war and over 40% of the people on earth lived in countries directly involved in the war. Basically every living creature on earth was affected by the war in one-way or another.
It’s now 100 years since the WW1 started and most people doesn’t think about it too much, I would argue they shouldn’t – it is however important to think about it once in a while and remember the victims and reflect over our world as a whole.
I think what they’re doing at the Tower of London is a great way to remember everyone involved in the First World War. Take a look at some of the pictures below:
The Tower of London on a regular day.
(Source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2c/Tower_of_London_viewed_from_the_River_Thames.jpg (Last retrieved: Wednesday, September 3, 2014))
People helping setting up the ceramic flowers.
(Source: http://s0.geograph.org.uk/geophotos/04/11/97/4119729_1bb0169b.jpg (Last retrieved: Wednesday, September 3, 2014))
How it looks today, how great looking isn’t that?
(Source: http://s0.geograph.org.uk/geophotos/04/11/93/4119368_23da7b66.jpg (Last retrieved: Wednesday, September 3, 2014))
Here’s what some people are saying on Twitter:
You can join the discussion about this both in the comments and on Twitter with the hashtag #towerpoppies.
https://poppies.hrp.org.uk/faq (Last retrieved: Wednesday, September 3, 2014)
http://www.theweek.co.uk/world-news/first-world-war/59782/how-did-the-first-world-war-start (Last retrieved: Wednesday, September 3, 2014)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17KkyZwwDPA (Last retrieved: Wednesday, September 3, 2014)
http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/VisitUs/Topthingstoseeanddo/Poppies/Whyremember (Last retrieved: Wednesday, September 3, 2014)
http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/stories/firstworldwar (Last retrieved: Wednesday, September 3, 2014)