06 Nov 2014
His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales opened the Royal British Legion's 86th Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on Thursday 6th November 2014.
Prince Harry arrived at the Field of Remembrance, on the Abbey's North Green, shortly before 11 am and was greeted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, and the Sub-Dean and Rector of St Margaret's Church, the Venerable Andrew Tremlett.
Prayers were said by the Dean and the Sub-Dean. The Dean said: 'For the 86th time at the Field of Remembrance we meet again to remember those who gave their lives in the conflicts of our time that we might enjoy freedom and peace.
'At the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11 month of 1918, the First World War ended; that date, that time have become a symbolic moment on which to pause in silent remembrance and gratitude.'
Prince Harry laid crosses of remembrance in front of two wooden crosses from the Graves of Unknown British Soldiers from the First and Second World Wars.
The Last Post was sounded from the parapet of St Margaret's Church by a trumpeter from the Welsh Guards and the Exhortation of Remembrance was said by Mrs Sarah Jones, President of the Royal British Legion Poppy Factory, before an observance of two minutes' silence at 11am. Mrs Jones is the widow of Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert ('H') Jones, VC, OBE who was awarded the Victoria Cross after being killed in action during the Battle of Goose Green where he was commanding officer of 2 Battalion, Parachute Regiment during the Falklands War.
After the silence Prince Harry toured the plots of poppy crosses meeting veterans, representatives of organisations involved in conflict, and members of the public, who had planted a cross in memory of their fallen comrades and loved ones.
After the tour Prince Harry was welcomed to St Margaret's Church by the Rector, and the Dean who invited him to sign the Distinguished Visitors' Book and presented: the Reverend Alan Boddy, Priest Vicar; the Reverend Garry Swinton, Priest Vicar; Sir Peter Bottomley MP, Parliamentary Warden; Edward Osterwald, People's Warden; and Iain Murray, Rector's Warden.
Each November the Royal British Legion establishes a Field of Remembrance in the grounds of Westminster Abbey. The field is a sea of remembrance crosses with scarlet poppies - a symbol of remembrance and a tribute to the memory of ex-Service men and women.
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