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WWI ‘Sacred soil’ arrives in Britain

Bags of sacred soil from First World War battlefields in Flanders, Belgium, have arrived in London aboard the Belgian Frigate Louise Marie. The frigate transported its cargo of sacred soil from Flanders to the UK for use in a new Flanders Fields Memorial Garden. As a special gesture to its arrival in the UK, Tower Bridge was raised fully in compliment, and the soil was received in a special ceremony.

WWI ‘Sacred soil’ arrives in Britain
Woollen poppies are stitched to bags containing sacred soil from cemeteries of First World War battlefields in Flanders aboard the Belgian Frigate Louise Marie on November 29, 2013 in London, England. The Belgian frigate transported its cargo of sacred soil from the cemeteries of First World War battlefields in Flanders to the UK for use in a new Flanders Fields Memorial Garden. As a special gesture to its arrival in the UK the Tower Bridge was raised fully in compliment. (Getty Images)
WWI ‘Sacred soil’ arrives in Britain
5 Guardsman of Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards watch over 70 bags of sacred soil from cemeteries of First World War battlefields in Flanders aboard the light cruiser HMS Belfast on November 29, 2013 in London, England. The Belgian frigate Louise Marie transported a cargo of sacred soil from the cemeteries of First World War battlefields in Flanders to the UK for use in a new Flanders Fields Memorial Garden. As a special gesture to its arrival in the UK the Tower Bridge was raised fully in compliment. (Getty Images)
WWI ‘Sacred soil’ arrives in Britain
Belgian Frigate Louise Marie sails underneath Tower Bridge toward HMS Belfast on November 29, 2013 in London, England. The Belgian frigate transported its cargo of sacred soil from the cemeteries of First World War battlefields in Flanders to the UK for use in a new Flanders Fields Memorial Garden. As a special gesture to its arrival in the UK the Tower Bridge was raised fully in compliment. (Getty Images)
WWI ‘Sacred soil’ arrives in Britain
A member of the Belgian Royal Navy received the first of 70 bags of sacred soil from cemeteries of First World War battlefields in Flanders off the deck of the Belgian frigate Louise Marie on November 29, 2013 in London, England. The Belgian frigate transported its cargo of sacred soil for use in a new Flanders Fields Memorial Garden. As a special gesture to its arrival in the UK the Tower Bridge was raised fully in compliment. (Getty Images)
WWI ‘Sacred soil’ arrives in Britain
Guardsmen of Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards assist the Belgian Royal Navy in carrying bags of sacred soil from cemeteries of First World War battlefields in Flanders off the deck of the Belgian frigate Louise Marie on November 29, 2013 in London, England. The Belgian frigate transported its cargo of sacred soil for use in a new Flanders Fields Memorial Garden. As a special gesture to its arrival in the UK the Tower Bridge was raised fully in compliment. (Getty Images)
WWI ‘Sacred soil’ arrives in Britain
Guardsman Liam Gaffney (R) of Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards holds a bag of sacred soil from cemeteries of First World War battlefields in Flanders aboard the Belgian frigate Louise Marie on November 29, 2013 in London, England. The Belgian frigate transported its cargo of sacred soil from the cemeteries of First World War battlefields in Flanders to the UK for use in a new Flanders Fields Memorial Garden. As a special gesture to its arrival in the UK the Tower Bridge was raised fully in compliment. (Getty Images)
WWI ‘Sacred soil’ arrives in Britain
Members of the Belgian Royal Navy and Guardsmen of Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards look over bags of sacred soil from cemeteries of First World War battlefields in Flanders aboard the Belgian Frigate Louise Marie on November 29, 2013 in London, England. The Belgian frigate transported its cargo of sacred soil from the cemeteries of First World War battlefields in Flanders to the UK for use in a new Flanders Fields Memorial Garden. As a special gesture to its arrival in the UK the Tower Bridge was raised fully in compliment. (Getty Images)
WWI ‘Sacred soil’ arrives in Britain
Bags of sacred soil from cemeteries of First World War battlefields in Flanders aboard the Belgian Frigate Louise Marie on November 29, 2013 in London, England. The Belgian frigate transported its cargo of sacred soil from the cemeteries of First World War battlefields in Flanders to the UK for use in a new Flanders Fields Memorial Garden. As a special gesture to its arrival in the UK the Tower Bridge was raised fully in compliment. (Getty Images)
WWI ‘Sacred soil’ arrives in Britain
Belgian Frigate Louise Marie and crew prepare to dock with HMS Belfast on November 29, 2013 in London, England. The Belgian frigate transported its cargo of sacred soil from the cemeteries of First World War battlefields in Flanders to the UK for use in a new Flanders Fields Memorial Garden. As a special gesture to its arrival in the UK the Tower Bridge was raised fully in compliment. (Getty Images)
WWI ‘Sacred soil’ arrives in Britain
70 bags of sacred soil from cemeteries of First World War battlefields in Flanders aboard the light cruiser HMS Belfast on November 29, 2013 in London, England. The Belgian frigate Louise Marie transported a cargo of sacred soil from the cemeteries of First World War battlefields in Flanders to the UK for use in a new Flanders Fields Memorial Garden. As a special gesture to its arrival in the UK the Tower Bridge was raised fully in compliment. (Getty Images)
WWI ‘Sacred soil’ arrives in Britain
A member of staff cleans the re-planking commemoration plaque aboard HMS Belfast on November 29, 2013 in London, England. A Belgian frigate transported its cargo of sacred soil from the cemeteries of First World War battlefields in Flanders to the UK for use in a new Flanders Fields Memorial Garden. As a special gesture to its arrival in the UK the Tower Bridge was raised fully in compliment. (Getty Images)