Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
7 May 2014

SSAFA is part of Poppies at the Tower commemoration

SSAFA will be part of a major artistic installation that will fill the moat at the Tower of London with ceramic poppies to mark the centenary of World War One.


SSAFA is part of Poppies at the Tower commemoration

SSAFA will be benefiting from an emotive sea of ceramic poppies to be installed at the Tower of London to mark the 100th Anniversary of World War One this year.

The artistic installation will feature 888,246 poppies, one for each British and Colonial fatality during the war. They will be displayed in the dry moat of the Tower between 5 August 2014 and 11 November 2014.

The poppies will be made available for sale at £25 each. Proceeds will be divided equally between six service charities; SSAFA, Combat Stress, Coming Home, COBSEO, Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

David Murray, Chief Executive of SSAFA, said: “We are honoured to be part of this commemorative event. SSAFA was the only national military charity operating when World War One broke out in 1914 and is still going strong, supporting serving and former members of the Armed Forces and their families today.”

“The poppies will powerfully visualise the scale of the sacrifice during World War One and help convey the devastating impact it had on hundreds and thousands of families across the country. With each poppy representing the life of an individual son, father or husband, this will be a particularly moving way for us to remember the conflict.”