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UK should have pandemic poppies to commemorate Covid dead, says ex-general

<p>The Covid memorial wall in London</p>

The Covid memorial wall in London

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21 April 2021
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ovid poppies should be created to help remember those who lost their lives during the pandemic, a former general has suggested

General Sir Lord Dannatt, who helped organise the UK's World War One memorials is leading a campaign to make March 23 an annual “Covid Memorial Day”.

Each minute’s silence would be held in schools, public venues, and workplaces, the Telegraph reported.

The initiative, backed by 50 MPs, also wants to erect a Covid memorial in every town.

“There are war memorials in every city, town and village", General Sir Lord Dannatt said.

"Most communities have been affected in one way or another by the pandemic, so perhaps we should do the same.

“They would be about remembering all those who have lost their lives, but also celebrating those people in frontline roles - emergency workers, NHS staff and all those in the community who have served during the pandemic."

The symbol would be similar to that of the poppy, used for war memorials

Lord Dannatt said that a similar symbol to the poppy should be created to help families mourn.

The campaign has mooted a design for a glass pillar that refracts light in the spectrum of the rainbow.

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