‘Car­pet of tears’ as Forces town pays silent trib­ute to the fallen

Yorkshire Post - - ARMISTICE 100 -

IN A cor­ner of the West Coun­try whose name is syn­ony­mous with the ca­su­al­ties of mod­ern war­fare, vet­er­ans and ser­vice per­son­nel came to­gether in silent trib­ute yes­ter­day.

Some 15,000 wooden crosses and com­mem­o­ra­tive mark­ers formed a car­pet of tears in­side the walled gar­den of Ly­di­ard House and Park, on the edge of Royal Woot­ton Bas­sett.

It is a town that has wit­nessed the repa­tri­a­tion of more than 300 British ser­vice men and women, killed in ac­tion be­tween 2007 and 2011.

The open­ing of its Field of Re­mem­brance – one of six across the coun­try – was at­tended by hun­dreds of lo­cal res­i­dents and chil­dren, as well as Gen­eral Sir Jack Deverell, the for­mer com­man­der-in-chief of Al­lied forces in North­ern Eu­rope.

The Rev Jane Cur­tis, the vicar of Royal Woot­ton Bas­sett, led the prayers and gave a bless­ing be­fore they all sang the na­tional an­them. Af­ter­wards, vis­i­tors planted their own trib­utes, each with a per­sonal mes­sage to some­one close to them.

The field will re­main open un­til Novem­ber 18.

PIC­TURE: PA WIRE

MARCH: Royal British Le­gion stan­dard bear­ers at the open­ing of the Field of Re­mem­brance.

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