Duke of Edinburgh opens Field of Remembrance, Westminster

Article Published: 06 November 2008

Field of Remembrance - RAF Police Warrant Officer Bill VeazeyUnder a sombre leaden November sky, some two thousand serving military personnel, veterans and members of the public crowded into the garden in front of Westminster Abbey to remember fallen friends and colleagues as HRH Duke of Edinburgh formally opened the Field of Remembrance. Like so many of the people there, Prince Phillip planted a cross before beginning a tour of the garden, where a sea of crosses represents so many of the units from all the armed services which have seen action since World War One.

In the RAF’s 90th year, it was fitting to see a small plot for the first time commemorating the fallen from the RAF Police. Warrant Officer Bill Veazey said: “I noticed some time ago that our trade wasn’t represented at the annual commemoration at Westminster, so we have worked hard this year to prepare a plot marking the contribution and sacrifices made by RAF Police in so many theatres of operation”.