Today is Armistice Day. It is especially significant in 2014 because, of course, the First World War commenced 100 years ago this year. But for me, and despite the sacrifices made by so many people in that war and others, today’s date holds another significance. My son was abducted to Japan in November 2011. His exact age on the date of abduction was 1,087 days. Today marks the passage of exactly 1,087 days since his abduction and therefore 1,087 days since I last saw my beloved son. As of today Hugo has now spent exactly half of his life wholly separated from his father.
Above: The display of ceramic poppies in the moat of the Tower of London (2014). One poppy was laid for each of the 888,246 British servicemen who gave their lives in the First World War. It is an awesome spectacle and a wonderful way to remember; see also this BBC News article about it and also this Daily Mail article, both dated 7 November 2014. The BBC reported today that the final poppy was laid this morning.
Update (15 November 2014): Hello Hugo, I spoke to your grandmother on the telephone earlier this evening and found out that she, unbeknown to me at the time, visited the poppy display at the Tower on Tuesday 11th November, Armistice Day itself and the date of my above post. That’s all for now.
Further update (24 November 2014): Also found out that my half sister, who lives in Brighton, visited with her husband a few days’ later as well.