Fields of Remembrance
The Royal British Legion have been organising a Field of Remembrance since 1928. Poppies with personal messages attached are planted in our Fields of Remembrance, with each Remembrance carrying a personal message to someone who lost their life in the Service of our country.
The very first Field of Remembrance was held in the grounds of of Westminster Abbey in November 1928, when The Poppy Factory took a group of disabled veterans, a tray of poppies and a collecting tin to the grounds of St Margaret's Church in Westminster. Only a handful of poppies were planted around a single cross in the grounds of St Margaret's Church, Westminster. But it began a tradition that took root and has grown and grown over the decades.
This year, hundreds of volunteers help us to plant more than 120,000 tributes across 5 Fields of Remembrance in the UK. Each Remembrance tribute carries a personal message to someone who lost his or her life in the Service of our country.
Make a remembrance tribute
Please join us as we lead the Nation in Remembrance this year, by dedicating your tribute to someone special, or all of the fallen. We will plant it on your behalf in The Field of Remembrance of your choice this November.
A Field of Remembrance is held annually in the grounds of Westminster Abbey, with five further Fields in the following locations:
- Cardiff, Wales
- Lydiard Park, near Wootton Bassett
- Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Gateshead, near Newcastle
- Edinburgh, Scotland
A Fitting Tribute
Amanda Binnie, planted a cross in memory of her husband Sean who died while serving in Afghanistan. Amanda says that for her, the rituals of Remembrance are part of the healing process.
“They bring home how many people have lost their lives and how important it is that we never forget what they have done for this country.”Amanda Binnie
Visiting the fields
Each November The Royal British Legion has been inviting individuals from across the UK to join us to honour and remember loved ones who we have sadly lost serving in our Armed Forces.
The Fields of Remembrance are officially opened with a special Remembrance service where we honour The Two Minute Silence at 11:00am. A bugler plays the Last Post and the Exhortation is read.
All the Fields are open during daylight hours. Please note that on 11 November, they can be very crowded as people visit before and after Remembrance services.
We take great care and attention in planting thousands of personal Remembrance Tributes to create each Field. Row upon row of Tributes with their scarlet poppies, personal messages and photographs bring home to all of us why Remembrance continues to be such an important and personal event. It also shows that we will never forget the sacrifice made by so many on our behalf.
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