The Field of Remembrance was introduced in 2011 by Poppyscotland as part of a fundraising appeal mailing to homes across Scotland and has been repeated this year. Crosses with heartfelt messages of support written by supporters will be planted and by Remembrance Sunday on 11th November the Field will contain 12,000 crosses, with the initiative raising £250,000 to support veterans and their families. There is also a special Afghanistan plot to commemorate those who have been killed in action during continuing operations.
Speaking of her visit to the Field, Kyme Beurskens from the Royal Navy said: “I was very impressed by hard work of the volunteers who are planting the thousands of crosses carefully by hand. It was moving to see the rows of crosses take shape and I am pleased to have planted my own cross as a tribute to Servicemen and women, past and present.”
Colin Flinn, Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland said: “We have been overwhelmed once again by the hugely positive response from the Scottish public, which is enabling us to both create a tribute to our Armed Forces and raise a great deal of money to provide essential support to Scotland’s veterans and our families. I must also thank our 75 volunteers who have been working incredibly hard in all weathers to ensure that the crosses are planted in time for the opening on Monday.”
The Field of Remembrance will be open from Monday 5th November to Sunday 11th November for public to view. It is situated adjacent to the traditional Garden of Remembrance on the other side of the Scott Monument. Visiting members of the public who wish to plant crosses can obtain them from the on-site kiosk.
Poppyscotland uses money raised from the annual Scottish Poppy Appeal to provide support to the Armed Forces community in Scotland.