The Royal British Legion Field of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas Pic: Matt Alexander/ The Royal British Legion

A Field of Remembrance has been officially opened at the National Memorial Arboretum.

It is one of six installed across the country and sees tributes on a Remembrance Cross, Musli, Crescent, Star of David Sikh Khanda, Hindu Om or Secular Tribute installed in memory of those who have died in conflict.

Around 10,000 individual tributes have been installed the Alrewas site after being sent in by members of the public.

The official launch took place yesterday (4th November) and featured a service which saw D-Day veteran Norman Williams read the poem In Flanders Field.

“I was very pleased to have been asked to read at such a special service,” Norman said.

“Surrounded by my comrades, it was a moment I shall not forget.”

Hundreds of people joined the service to pay their respects and plant their own dedications and special guests included 15 D-Day veterans that earlier this year had been on a specially commissioned Royal British Legion ship that sailed to Normandy for D-Day commemorations. 

Philippa Rawlinson, managing director at the National Memorial Arboretum said: “We owe an enormous debt to all members of the Armed Forces who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to service, putting themselves in harms way to defend the freedoms we all enjoy.

“It is crucial we remember those commemorated in the Field of Remembrance, each of whom made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.

“I hope people will take the opportunity to visit the Field of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum and ensure their sacrifice is not forgotten.”

Approximately, 100,000 tributes will be planted across all of The Royal British Legion’s Fields of Remembrance. Others are located in Gateshead, Cardiff, Belfast and London. 

The field at the arboretum will be open until 17th November.


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