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Field of Remembrance

Every November the annual Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey is organised and run by The Poppy Factory. Over 350 plots for regimental and other associations are laid out in the area between Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret’s Church. Remembrance crosses are provided so that ex-Service men and women, as well as members of the public, can plant a cross in memory of their fallen comrades and loved ones. The Field is opened every Thursday before Remembrance Sunday and stays open for a further ten days.

Major Howson started the Field of Remembrance in 1928 with a few disabled ex-Service men from The Poppy Factory. They grouped around a battlefield cross, familiar to those who had served in Flanders and the Western Front. With a tray of poppies, they invited passers-by to plant a poppy in the vicinity of the cross.
 

This November (2012), the Field of Remembrance will open on Thursday 8 November and close on Sunday 18 November. Admission to the Opening Service will be by ticket only. Tickets will be issued nearer the event to the regimental associations and other organisations which have plots.


Further information about this year’s Field of Remembrance
which will be made available in due course.

 

 

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Images courtesy of :
Picture Partnership / Dean and Chapter of Westminster