Prince Harry officially opened the Field of Remembrance yesterday at Westminster Abbey. In a small ceremony, Prince Harry placed a small wooden cross with his Royal Emblem in the ground alongside thousands upon thousands of other crosses. Uniformed members of The Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force were out in force for this solemn occasion with individual plots for each group to pay their respects for comrades from their own units.
Nick Booth and David Wiseman were invited as guests of The Poppy Factory to represent the Endeavour Fund and The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The Poppy Factory has been in existence for over 90 years making poppies, crosses and wreaths for The Royal Family and The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. In recent years, The Poppy Factory has transformed itself into a thoroughly modern charity. As well as providing work for disabled veterans at its HQ in Richmond, The Poppy Factory uses its unique expertise to help its clients find work with many commercial organisations all over the UK.
At a lunch following the ceremony David was honoured to speak alongside Her Serene Highness Princess Marie-Therese Von Hohengerg. Her Serene Highness is the Great Granddaughter of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and she spoke about how her family history and the murder of her Great Grandparents are intertwined with that of the Great war.
David spoke of the present and looking to the future saying that: “It is right that we remember the past. But it is also right to remember those who return. Do not to feel pity for their scars and never write them off. As damaged. As broken. As fragile. Because many of them draw from their experiences, good and bad in order to have futures that shine.”
Picture credit: Paul Pitman