Field of remembrance opened in Cardiff Castle

  • 7 November 2012
  • From the section Wales

Thousands of wooden crosses carrying poppies and tributes to Wales' fallen heroes have been planted in a field of remembrance at Cardiff Castle.

The Welsh Guards, First Minister Carwyn Jones, schoolchildren and the public attended the official opening on Wednesday.

It is one of six fields of remembrance opening across the UK and it will bear more than 15,000 crosses.

The field will be open from dusk until dawn for people to pay their respects.

The ceremony started at 10:00 GMT and included a march by the Welsh Guards, the planting of crosses and two minutes' silence.

Carwyn Jones said: "The sacrifices made by members of our armed forces in the service of their country must never be forgotten.

"The formal act of remembrance honours them and their sacrifices, and reminds us of the debt we owe to those who have given up their lives in defence of others.

"As well as those past sacrifices, we are reminded of service personnel that are on active service today and also of their families.

"The Welsh government is committed to helping both serving personnel and veterans and their families however we can," he added.

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