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One Down, 888,245 to Go: Workers Remove London Poppies

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A volunteer removes hand-made poppies as work begins to dismantle the art installation "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" at the Tower of London in London on Nov. 12.Carl Court / Getty Images

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The arduous task of removing the ceramic poppies at the Tower of London moat began Wednesday, just a day after the last of the 888,246 hand-made flowers was planted on Armistice Day. It was a stunning installation that marked the centenary year of the beginning of World War I and honored the the British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in the conflict. Volunteers began planting the poppies in July but the dismantling is expected to take 8,000 volunteers around two weeks.

The poppies have been sold to the public with the proceeds going to military service charities.

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A group of volunteers remove ceramic poppies as work begins to dismantle the art installation "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" at the Tower of London in London on Nov. 12.John Stillwell / Pool via Reuters

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