Posted on November 5, 2019
An official opening of this year’s Royal British Legion Field of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum has been marked with a two-minute silence. Around 10,000 individual tributes were returned by the general public and will be planted at the Field of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum. Rows of tributes laid by the public year-on-year aims to ensure the nation continues to honour the memory of all those who have died in conflict.
Each year the Field of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum welcomes members of the public throughout the UK to plant personal tributes. The project is run by the Royal British Legion and the hope is that it will continue year after year, ensuring that the memory of those lost in the armed forces are never forgotten. “It is a chance for people to put their own personal memoriams into a place where they gather together and allowing that sort of reflection across the whole range of people who want to remember people who have been lost in conflict,” said Jane Britton, from the Royal British Legion.
Individual tributes left include crosses, each with their own loving message or photograph from home. A two-minute silence and a small service marked this year’s opening.
D-Day veterans among the crowd paid their respects and remember comrades lost while also paying thanks to those still fighting today. “Once you forget history, you’ve got no future,” said D-Day Veteran Liam Bennett. “You must never forget.”
“It’s important to remember because so many people lost their lives… they left behind families, wives, sweethearts, husbands,” added D-Day Veteran Norman Williams. “Those people were left totally alone and bereaved.”
The Field of Remembrance will remain open to the public until Sunday 17 November.