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UK Parliament commemorates the First World War with Elizabeth Tower projection

Posted  6 November 2015 in News  
By Kate Clements
Poppies projected onto Elizabeth Tower for Remembrance Sunday. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

A unique tribute to those who lost their lives in war will be made on Sunday 8 November in central London. For a second year, falling poppies will be projected onto the Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) from dusk on Remembrance Sunday. The poppies will commemorate those who perished in the First World War, with a special focus on 1915.

The projection is a key moment in the UK Parliament’s contribution to the centenary commemorations, which also includes historical and educational resources that have been made available on Parliament’s website. The poppies will continue to fall throughout the evening on Remembrance Sunday, accompanied by the names of battles in which British and Commonwealth soldiers fought and died in 1915.

Rt Hon. John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, said:

“World War One was felt across generations, and across borders – no part of the UK or the Commonwealth was left untouched by the conflict – including staff and Members of both Houses of Parliament who died while serving their country. We are honoured to remember them on the Elizabeth Tower, a globally recognised symbol of democracy.”

Rt Hon Keith Simpson MP, Chair of the World War One Commemoration Group, said:

“It is very appropriate that Parliament commemorates the sacrifices made by the British people in the First World War and for a second year the poppy projection on the Elizabeth Tower will be a moving tribute.”

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