Each November The Royal British Legion creates Fields of Remembrance to pay tribute to all those who have bravely served in our Armed Forces and who are sadly no longer with us. In 2010, an additional Field at Wootton Bassett, sited within the Walled Garden in Lydiard Park, was added to the traditional sites of London and Cardiff, to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives serving in Afghanistan.
Last year, this Field was officially opened by HRH Prince Harry who planted his own Remembrance Cross in memory of his fallen friend Jonathan Woodgate. Over 35,000 Remembrance Crosses were planted, each with a heartfelt message to the lost generation who have fallen in the Afghanistan conflict.
This year, The Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance at Lydiard Park’s Walled Garden is open from Friday 11 to Sunday 20 November. The Fields become a sea of Remembrance Crosses with scarlet poppies – a touching symbol of Remembrance and tribute to the memory of ex-Service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect their country. As we remember the bravery of the servicemen and women who have lost their lives, we welcome friends and families to come and visit this special tribute during Remembrance tide.
The Field of Remembrance will be officially opened on Friday 11 November with a special Remembrance ceremony held to honour the 2 minute silence at 11.00am. The Royal British Legion buglers play the Last Post and the exhortation is read.
If you are unable to make this service, St Mary’s Church at Lydiard Park, will be leading an Act of Reflection on each day the Field of Remembrance is open. So from Saturday 12 to Sunday 19 November at 11am we will stop and pause, remember and reflect.
On Sunday 13 November, St Mary’s morning service starting at 10am will end in the Walled Garden with an Act of Remembrance and on the final opening day of the Field of Remembrance, Sunday 20 November, as the sun sets St Mary’s will close the Field of Remembrance with a short service at 3.30pm.