Harry hon­ours the fallen, 100 years af­ter WWI

The West Australian - - WORLD -

Prince Harry has planted a me­mo­rial cross at the Field of Re­mem­brance as part of a se­ries of events to com­mem­o­rate the end of World War I a cen­tury ago.

Harry hon­oured Bri­tain’s war dead at a cer­e­mony on Thurs­day to open West­min­ster Abbey’s Field of Re­mem­brance, which marks its 90th an­niver­sary this year.

The Field of Re­mem­brance has been held in the grounds of Lon­don’s West­min­ster Abbey an­nu­ally since 1928. Ex-ser­vice per­son­nel and mem­bers of the pub­lic can plant a sym­bol in mem­ory of those who died.

About 70,000 crosses are pro­duced by or­gan­is­ers, the Poppy Fac­tory, which are planted on more than 360 plots for reg­i­men­tal and other as­so­ci­a­tions.

Harry, the Duke of Sus­sex, served in the British mil­i­tary, com­plet­ing two tours in Afghanistan, and is a founder of the In­vic­tus Games, an in­ter­na­tional par­a­lympic-style event for mil­i­tary per­son­nel wounded in ac­tion.

He will join the Queen, his fa­ther Prince Charles and other se­nior roy­als for an an­nual Fes­ti­val of Re­mem­brance at Lon­don’s Royal Al­bert Hall to­day.

To­mor­row, the Queen and the royal fam­ily will at­tend the an­nual Re­mem­brance Day Ser­vice at The Ceno­taph, mark­ing 100 years since the Armistice which brought an end to the 1914-18 con­flict.

Pic­ture: AP

Prince Harry salutes af­ter lay­ing a cross of pop­pies at the an­nual Field of Re­mem­brance ser­vice at West­min­ster Abbey.

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