Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Because Of The Brave

Debbie is the winner of the Because Of The Brave Fat Eighth Bundle. Debbie said  "I am planning on making a quilt for my son to mark his retirement from the Army and his 20 years of service. Thanks for the opportunity."  Debbie has already been emailed.  Thanks everyone!

I hope all of you have seen the art installation at the Tower Of London.  Here are some pictures....

In honor of Remembrance Day in England, artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper made over 888,000 ceramic poppies and installed them at the Tower of London. Each poppy represents a British or Commonwealth soldier lost in WWI.  Today is the last day of the installation.  What a beautiful and incredibly moving display.

We hope you remember those who have served today.

In another little nod to Veterans Day here in the U.S. - I can recommend a book that I am listening to. It's called Monuments Men by Robert Edsel.  It was also a movie recently.  The movie was pretty good - but should have been better.  The book is fascinating.  I usually don't read non-fiction, but I'm glad I did this time.  It tells the story of a small regiment of soldiers deployed late in WWII.  They were all specialists of one kind or another, museum directors, artists, architects, and such.  Their mission was to find, rescue, and take back monuments and works of art plundered by the Nazi's.  I give it a big Minick and Simpson Thumbs UP!




Strlady said...

That exhibit is gorgeous. I had not heard of it so, thank you for sharing.
When I first heard of the movie Monuments Men I knew I had to see it. It was slated for a Xmas release and then pushed to spring. I was not disappointed. Completed loved it and had a few teary moments too. I saw it with my sister who is not really much of an art lover so it was a bit frustrating that she didn't "get it". If you think the movie was not as good as the book, I must read the book.

Anonymous said...

I was looking for these photos, so I enjoyed your shortcut to viewing them. We were in the Army during the Vietnam years, he went, I waited. Probably a year that really forged our marriage of almost 50 years. This was a smashing work of art. Stephani in N. TX (Tomazec@aol.com)

Marilyn in Ontario, Canada said...

The exhibit actually represents British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in the First world War.We haven't learned anything from that war and all of the others since then.
" those who forget the past are bound to repeat it"

Laurie said...


Noted. Sorry for not mentioning all of the British Commonwealth.


paront1222@comcast.net said...

Aren't those poppies awesome looking? My daughter was there in September and was able to buy one of the poppies and have it placed at the tower of London. Once they take them up this week she'll get hers in the mail sometime in November/December.

Peggy in NJ

Helen said...

Thanks for the photos of the Remembrance Day exhibit. I have seen some images from this exhibit, but not the ones that show the poppies flowing from the window of the Tower of London. Striking and moving.

MJinMichigan said...

The poppies were fabulous and very moving in person. We saw them being put in place when it was a bit more than half done and even then it was impressive.
My husband and I both enjoyed Monuments Men and were surprised we had never heard of it before then.

Anonymous said...

A beautiful rememberance day exhibit

annemariesquilt said...

Wow !
Thanks for sharing:-)
Really wonderful ..

Anonymous said...

SO nice to see Americans give a shout out to the British! thank you! Ellen

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