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Royal Wootton Bassett Opens Field Of Remembrance

A garden of remembrance has been opened near Royal Wootton Bassett for those who have died in armed conflict since World War One.

A garden of remembrance has been opened near Royal Wootton Bassett for those who have died in armed conflict since the First World War.

There are more than 20,000 individual tributes in Lydiard Park, each with a poppy for remembrance.

Royal Wootton Bassett has close connections to those who served in Afghanistan because of the 167 repatriations that travelled through the town.

Between the summer of 2007 and August 2011, thousands lined the streets to pay their respect to those who lost their lives on Op Herrick.

Royal Wootton Bassett Opens Field Of Remembrance

In total, the bodies of 345 service personnel who died in Afghanistan, were flown into nearby RAF Lyneham and passed through the town on their way to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Six years ago the repatriation ceremonies moved to the town of Carterton, near Brize Norton, but the town has never forgotten.

Royal Wootton Bassett Opens Field Of Remembrance

This is one of six fields of remembrance created by the Royal British Legion. Their members hope we will rethink Remembrance as time goes by.

The other fields are in Westminster, Belfast, Gateshead, and Cardiff, and at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Altogether, volunteers have planted 120,000 poppy tributes, all with a personal message to someone who lost their life serving their country.

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