By Drew Sitton
The opening ceremony for the “Field of Remembrance” was held today at Cardiff Castle. Around 200 people showed up to pay their respects including; members of Senedd, military servers, members of the public and Newport’s Royal Navy Cadets. One of the cadets, Thomas Pugh, feels that the first World War is “not talked about a lot” and “should be celebrated every year”.
The field is coated with crosses and poppies with the names of fallen soldiers handwritten on them, some of them written by loved ones in attendance. Tracy Jones is one of many members of the public here today who has lost someone through combat: “My great grandfather passed away in the first World War. My brother has been in the army and my nephew is in the RAF, so we’re a military family. That’s why we’ve come today”.
The Royal Welsh Fusiliers performed the ‘Last Post’ and the rainy weather did not dampen the spirits of those supporting the fallen soldiers. A two minutes silence followed shortly after at 11am, allowing everyone a moment to think about those we have lost.
The Field of Remembrance will be open until the 17th of November, every day from 9am-5pm and it is free to the public.