Remembrance

Field Of Remembrance Opens To Honour The Fallen

The 2019 Royal British Legion Field of Remembrance has officially opened at the National Memorial Arboretum.

The opening of this year's Royal British Legion Field of Remembrance has been marked with a two-minute silence.

Around 10,000 crosses, all carrying a different message or a photograph from members of the public, have been planted in the field at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Each year the Field of Remembrance welcomes members of the public throughout the UK to plant personal tributes.

The project is run by the Royal British Legion (RBL) and the hope is that it will continue year-after-year, ensuring the memory of those lost in the Armed Forces are never forgotten.

Jane Britton, from the RBL, said: "It is a chance for people to put their own personal memories 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."

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A band performed during the opening event at the National Memorial Arboretum.

D-Day veterans were among those to attend the opening ceremony.

Along with the rest of the crowd, they paused to remember their fallen comrades.

"Once you forget history, you've got no future," said D-Day veteran Liam Bennett.

"You must never forget."

Norman Williams, who also fought on D-Day, said: "It's important to remember because so many people lost their lives... they left behind families, wives, sweethearts, husbands.

"Those people were left totally alone and bereaved."

The Field of Remembrance will remain open to the public until Sunday 17 November.