Do you think the poppies should remain beyond Armistice Day?

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The Prime Minister has entered the debate on whether the Tower of London’s field of ceramic poppies should remain beyond Armistice Day.

London’s mayor Boris Johnson suggested the huge popularity of the memorial to British war dead meant it could be kept for longer than planned.

David Cameron’s official spokesman said he “welcomes” the discussions.

But artist Paul Cummins said he would rather his creation did not stay in place beyond 12 November.

Have you visited the installation at The Tower of London?

Do you think the poppies should remain beyond Armistice Day?

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Gili-153
19th Nov 2014
2
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I think that they should be left there for say, up to a month as both a memorial to all those who fell and as an indictment of the generals who kept repeating the same strategy when it obviously did not work.
Paul Dickens
14th Nov 2014
2
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Please, please, leave them there for a couple of weeks, what about people like myself who could not see them for various reasons, I was in hospital, I am desperate to pay a visit.
Mocabs
14th Nov 2014
2
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My daughter & I are going to see the poppies tomorrow, also hoping they haven't removed most of them.
It is a fantastic memorial to both world wars, not to be forgotten
Wilf
14th Nov 2014
2
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We went to see them on Monday at 9am before the crowds came. It was very very moving and an amazing tribute to all our servicemen & women. I am so pleased its been such a success and has had huge publicity not only in the UK but globally.
Dafid001
11th Nov 2014
2
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I think we need to remember what these represent. It's not just a pretty display, but represents all the dead. They didn't want to leave, nor did their families want them to. Unfortunately they died and were taken from them. Similarly we don't want them to go but they have to as that represents the sense of loss that their families felt. Perhaps we will feel that in some little way if we don't get the opportunity to see them.
shelby
11th Nov 2014
3
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I wish I could go and see the poppies but live in the North.
Bazeley
10th Nov 2014
6
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I won't get the chance to get to London before the poppies are removed and I am really disappointed about that; but I think if they are removed after Armistice Day it beautifully illustrates the fact that we lost so many people before their time...
Archiebald
10th Nov 2014
6
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Thats a lovely comment
Baxi
9th Nov 2014
2
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Perhaps the installations should move around the country so that everyone can have a chance to pay their respects.
Carolesf
9th Nov 2014
5
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I can understand people wanting to keep them for longer, because they are a breathtaking sight. However, I think that they are here for this special period and to keep them in place for longer would change the purpose and impact.
KarenB53
8th Nov 2014
3
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I think they should remain until the 100th anniversary of the END of the war.
Margaret 14
8th Nov 2014
6
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The poppies look amazing and will do so much for our troops of today. We must not forget past and present troops who have given their lives,injured terribly.
Sadly i live too far away to see the poppies in London but i have bought one in memory of my dad who fought in the 2nd World war, all this money paid will help her Majesties forces .
It's all very well for Boris Johnson he lives in a different world i think an earlier comment would be better. lets have one large poppy in the same place made in memory of all.
We must not forget ever but they cannot change the rules now.
sue-hall1
8th Nov 2014
6
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very effective and really makes you think about all those who gave their lives in war.
VelH23
8th Nov 2014
1
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Everyone was aware it was only to last until Armistice Day. It's been a wonderful success. Why change the original plan now!
Jaxkc
8th Nov 2014
4
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I would love to see the poppies but my friends who have gone too see them were not able to because of the volume of people. I think another month would be enough for the rest of us to visit this wonderful sight. I have already ordered my poppy and am quite happy to wait for it.
Florence Scholar
8th Nov 2014
5
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I am really dismayed by Boris Johnson's proposition. Yes the poppy field has undoubtedly drawn a lot of visitors to the Tower of Londong & given "tourism" a huge boost: but surely, that has just been a positive side-effect. The poppies are not there to boost tourism or make money, they are there to honour the dead & to help those of us who want to remember the outbreak of the First World War.

If BJ were to propose that Highgate Cemetery was turned into a commercial enterprise & theme park how would people react? Armistice Day was always intended as the last day for the poppy field to be there & the uninstalling of the poppies starting on this day is absolutely the right thing to do...
SueR
8th Nov 2014
4
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Yes I'd like to see them remain for a bit longer. I live in Staffordshire and the poppies provided employment for people round here. Damaged or broken ones will need replacing, so the people who made them will remain employed a bit longer.
Larm
8th Nov 2014
3
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Yes we should remember every day the sacrifice these people made for us not just once a year
chelseabird
8th Nov 2014
9
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This is fabulous memorial but it is meant to temporary. The poppies are not frost proof and the weather will cause them to deteriorate if left too long. I think it would be more fitting to plant poppy seeds in the moat as a living memorial. Seeds could even be sold to the crowds of people visiting ( 4 million visitors at a pound a time!) or on line with all proceeds going to the charities.
I planted poppies and am there next week packing up and would happily volunteer to plant seeds!
Jaxkc
8th Nov 2014
4
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Archiebald
8th Nov 2014
4
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Yes I would also be very happy to plant poppy seeds as I am sure thousands of others would as well.
franniebright123
8th Nov 2014
6
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To give more people a chance to see them, like myself. Or could we have a permanent display?
Archiebald
8th Nov 2014
6
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The Poppy display at the Tower is wonderful, I went in September and it was amazing then. I think all of the the poppies (except one which should be left, like the unknown solder) should be removed after 11th November and then the same number of poppy seeds should be sown so that it they flower every year. This would ensure that we keep remembering all our brave soldiers forever.
Tom Howard
8th Nov 2014
5
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Well, speaking as a veteran of three tours in N. Ireland in the 70's and the Falklands in '82 with the parachute regiment and having on three occasions been to the Tower and planted a total of 400 poppies, I think as a result of the interest shown by the public in the display it most certainly should remain for, maybe, another couple of weeks.
Baxi
10th Nov 2014
3
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Hi Tom - I agree with you. It's wonderful to see the public support.
Archiebald
8th Nov 2014
4
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Tom, many thanks and I think you are absolutely right.

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