About the Legion
08 November 2012
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh opened the 84th Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey today and viewed 115,000 Remembrance Crosses dedicated to all the brave Service men and women who have served in our Armed Forces since the First World War.
The Duke of Edinburgh planted a Remembrance Cross for the Graves
of Unknown British Soldiers from the First and Second World Wars,
followed by a Two Minute Silence to honour the memory of those
represented at the Field.
After marking the silence, the Duke of Edinburgh met veterans from conflicts past and present as well as family members who have lost loved ones in service of their country, including Mr Robert and Priscilla Dicketts.
Mr and Mrs Dicketts tragically lost
their son Corporal Oliver Simon Dicketts of 1st Battalion The
Parachute Regiment, when the RAF Nimrod MR2 aircraft he was
travelling in crashed in Afghanistan in September 2006.
At the Field, Mr and Mrs Dicketts dedicated a cross to their son and represented the Afghanistan plot during the Duke of Edinburgh's walk around the Field.
"It's an honour for me to be asked to attend the Legion's Field
of Remembrance, and to dedicate a cross of remembrance in memory of
our son" Mrs Dicketts said.
The Royal British Legion's National President, Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson CB CVO said: "The Field of Remembrance is an important part of the Legion's Remembrance calendar of events. It was an honour to see so many serving and ex-Service people here today paying their respects."
Each cross has a personal message from members of the public in order to commemorate those men and women of the Armed Forces who have died in conflict since 1914. The Westminster Abbey Field will be open from today, Thursday 8 November until Sunday 18 November.
The First Field of Remembrance opened in 1928 in the grounds of Westminster Abbey, London. This year there are five Fields of Remembrance around the UK in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Gateshead, Westminster Abbey and Wootton Bassett. Click here for more information about the Fields of Remembrance.