The sacrifice of Sergeant Major Ian Fisher, 42, of the Mercian Regiment (Staffords), the most recent death in Afghanistan on 6 November 2013, was marked with a simple cross at the Royal Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance, alongside 445 others remembering the military personal killed there since operations began in October 2001.
The Field in the Walled Garden at Lydiard Park in Swindon was dedicated by a rain soaked crowd of personal from all branches of the military, former service men and women and civilians on 8 November.
Opened by the Royal British Legion for the third year, the Field is one of five in England, Wales and Northern Ireland where personal Remembrance Tribute crosses are planted. At Lydiard Park Legion volunteers have laid out over 40,000.
The official opening ceremony was attended by the local dignitaries, guests and members of the British Armed Forces, including Legion beneficiary Emma Hickman, the fiancée of fallen Private Daniel Wade, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011, right.
The British Imperial Military Band provided fitting musical accompaniment during the service including the last post before a two minutes silence at 11am.
Royal British Legion National Vice Chairman Terry Whittles said: “Each year, the Fields of Remembrance demonstrates just how much support and admiration there is for our Armed Forces who have paid the ultimate sacrifice – we will never forget them. I would encourage all members of the public to visit the Field of Remembrance and pay their respects in this very special place.”
St Mary’s Church in Lydiard Park will hold a daily Act of Reflection at 2pm each day (except on Monday 11 November when the Act of Reflection takes place at 11am).
The Field is open to visitors daily from 9am until 4pm and will close with a special ceremony on Sunday 17 November.
The first Royal Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance was opened by HRH Prince Harry in 2010.
This year there will also be Royal British Legion Fields of Remembrance in Westminster, Belfast, Cardiff and Gateshead.
Runners and teams wanted for RBL Run2Remember in Lydiard Park
The Royal British Legion is inviting individuals and teams to join its annual fun run at Lydiard Park on Saturday 9 November, 11am, the day before Remembrance Sunday.
Choose from 1.1km, 5km or 11km courses and run to remember a loved one or to show your respect to all those who’ve fought and fallen. Anyone can take part – in running clothes, uniform or fancy dress. The sponsorship money raised will support the Legion’s work helping injured service men and women, veterans and their families.
Register to take part: http://neverforget.tributefunds.com/run-2-remember/