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Latest news on the Poppies at the Tower

6 November 2014

Latest news on the Poppies at the Tower

An update on the Poppies at the Tower World War One commemorative installation at the Tower of London, including news of a VAT waiver by the Chancellor.


Latest news on the Poppies at the Tower

On Armistice Day, 11 November, SSAFA will be joining representatives from the five other beneficiary charities of the World War One commemorative installation, The Tower of London Remembers: Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, in the moat at The Tower of London. The closing Roll of Honour will be read and the signal of the guns will fire 21 times.

Observers will witness the planting of the final poppy in the moat as part of the installation, followed by the playing of the last post by a lone bugler. The ceremony will will mark the sacrifice made throughout recent times by our Armed Forces, whilst paying tribute to the 888,246 who lost their lives in World War One.

More news on the Poppies

The Chancellor has announced that the government will waive the expected VAT of up to £1.1 million from sales of the Poppies

SSAFA, one of six beneficiary charities, has welcomed the announcement.

David Murray, SSAFA Chief Executive commented: “We are delighted to learn that the Chancellor will waive the expected VAT of up to £1.1 million from sales of the Poppies. As the only national military charity in existence at the outbreak of World War One and still in operation today, this generous contribution, which will be shared between the six beneficiary charities, will allow us to continue the vital work that we are doing now to support Forces and their families who have been affected by more recent conflicts.”