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People from across the region have attended a special service to officially open the North Field of Remembrance. Thousands of wooden crosses were planted in memory of fallen service men and women at the site in Gateshead.
The first service has been held at the Royal British Legion's first ever Field of Remembrance in the North. Friends and family gathered at Saltwell Park in Gateshead to remember service men and women who have died whilst on active service.
The planting of 9000 crosses to mark the fallen is proving to be of comfort to both families and members of the armed forces.
Lieutenant Colonel Dave Garner says that the new poppy field is important to soldiers as it helps them to see that the community is remembering those who have been killed during active service.
The family of Rifleman Mark Turner who was killed in Afghanistan, David Ridley and Julie Taylor, think that having somewhere to visit to remember their loved ones will be a real comfort.
Service men and women and members of the public have been placing some of the 9000 crosses that will form this field of remembrance at Saltwell Park.
Some of those helping this morning were soldiers based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.
Their involvement was made even more poignant after one of their comrades, Corporal Channing Day, was killed whilst on active duty in Afghanistan earlier this week.
Each cross planted in the park will bear a personal message from members of the public and commemorate a life lost in service; from the great World Wars to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan today.
The North Field of Remembrance will be officially opened on Saturday October 27 at 10.30am with a Dedication Service conducted by military chaplain, The Reverend Charles Hope of 102 Battalion, The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Volunteers.
A two-minute silence will be observed at 11am, after which military chiefs from across the region representing the RAF, Army and the Royal Navy will dedicate a Remembrance Cross in the Field.
They will be followed by Anne Turner and Vicky Dunn, both of Gateshead, whose sons were killed in Afghanistan. Local civic dignitaries and officials from The Royal British Legion will also pay their respects to the fallen by planting Remembrance crosses.
The North Field of Remembrance was brought to the region as part of a campaign by Anne Turner to pay tribute to fallen Service men and women from the North.
The North of England is to have its own Field of Remembrance for the first time.
The field will be based in Saltwell Park in Gateshead, and will form the backdrop for a moving sea of thousands of wooden crosses.
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A poppy field made from 9000 crosses has been planted in Gateshead to mark the fallen, including soldiers from our region.