9 November 2017
An ACF cadet represented the Army Cadet Force at the 89th annual Field of Remembrance ceremony in London.
LCpl Alfie Tucker (14), from City Of London And North East Sector ACF, represented the Army Cadet Force Association (ACFA) and the Combined Cadet Force Association (CCFA) at this year’s opening of the Field of Remembrance held 9 November.
Prince Harry attended the special ceremony held at Westminster Abbey to remember those in the Armed Forces who lost their lives.
The ACFA and CCFA plot hosts a cross for every detachment and contingent across the country with donations for every cross going to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
“It’s a great to honour the people who have fought for us. Their courage and their valour in battle – it makes me feel proud that I’m here today,” said LCpl Tucker.
The field has 380 plots laid out in the names of military organisations and associations on the North Green of the Abbey.
Organised and run by The Poppy Factory, the country’s leading employment charity for veterans with health conditions or impairments, Remembrance symbols are made by veterans working at the factory in Richmond, and are planted in these plots, often with hand written messages, from family, friends or colleagues.
At the opening of the Field, Prince Harry laid a Cross of Remembrance which was followed by the Last Post and the chimes of Big Ben to signify the beginning of a two-minute silence. He then toured the plots, meeting veterans and spoke with a group of Army Cadets who were in attendance.
The Field of Remembrance will stay open until Sunday 19 November and members of the public are invited to lay their own crosses with all proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.