Some things deserve their own post. This is certainly one of them. Some information from the Westminster Abbey website:
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh opened the Royal British Legion Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on Thursday.
The sea of scarlet poppies on Remembrance Crosses is laid out by the Poppy Factory in over 230 plots for regimental and other associations.
Prayers were said by the Dean, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, and Canon Robert Wright, Rector of St Margaret’s. Mrs Sara Jones, president of the Royal British Legion Poppy Factory and widow of the Falklands VC hero Colonel H Jones, invited The Duke of Edinburgh to lay a Cross of Remembrance. The Last Post was sounded from the parapet of St Margaret’s by trumpeters of the Household Cavalry. Afterwards the Duke toured the plots and signed the visitors’ book in St Margaret’s Church.
The Remembrance crosses are provided so that ex-servicemen and women, as well as members of the public, can plant a cross in memory of their fallen comrades and loved ones with the Field remaining standing as a touching symbol throughout the period of Remembrance.
Every year poppies are worn, wreaths are laid and the nation turns its attention towards remembrance. At the Poppy Factory this means the culmination of a year’s effort, producing over 30 million poppies, 500,000 poppies of other types, five million Remembrance Petals and up to 100,000 Wreaths. The workforce responsible for this is made up of predominately disabled people, who are either ex-Service or dependants of ex- Service people. In addition to the regular workers at the factory, there are some home-workers, assembling poppies in their own homes. Most are house bound by either chronic sickness or disability. There are others too in residential homes or disabled groups who also help make the poppies.
The photos are taken by me today whilst wandering around having a good look. Whilst at Westminster I also got to see Michael Drayton on the wall which was awesome.