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Personal and Public Remembrance

Every evening 180 names were read out at the Tower of London. Someone stood on a little hillock, set amongst the 888,246 poppies planted by volunteers in the moat, and just read their names.

That's it. Nothing else. No bombast. No celebration. No crowd of dignitaries. No martial music (unless you count the Last Post played by one guardsman).  No instructions on how we should feel or what we should think.

People from all over Britain (and elsewhere in the Commonwealth) requested that the name of their family member, killed during the First World War 1914-1918, be read out and, on the evening we went, there were about 8,000 people who stood in almost total silence, and listened. It took about 30 minutes. 

It was deeply moving and  - more than that - it reminded everyone present what a huge loss a person's life prematurely ended represents.

The names were read out until 10th November 2014. 

See also about the church's own memorial tablet of 70 names in Remembrance.