Lest we forget: field of remembrance unveiled in Royal Wootton Bassett

World War II veterans, serving soldiers and the families of those who died in conflict came together today for the unveiling of a field of Remembrance in Royal Wootton Bassett.

It's one of only six in the country, and contains thousands of personal messages and tributes to the fallen.

And for veterans it is a chance to remember old friends and comrades.

There are 20,000 crosses, each one commemorating the 20,000 servicemen and women who lost their lives.

For one veteran Royal Wootton Bassett's field of remembrance is particularly poignant as he came face to face with the friends he lost on the battle field.

A few of the guys I seen in Afghanistan before they lost their lives a few of the guys I saw in Iraq before they lost their lives so all of a sudden we're in Royal Wootton Bassett and the pictures there are in the ground. It's wonderful I can look at them - it still gets a bit emotional - and it's good to see their faces smiling back, and I can remember them and other people can remember them as well which is really important.

Capt TOMMY ROBERTS Royal Marines

The market town became famous for its military repatriation processions during our most recent conflicts.

But today it was a service to remember all those who'd served.

Laura Carey, Royal British Legion

Each one of the crosses has a hand-written personal message from a member of the public - many simply saying thankyou to those who've made the ultimate sacrifice.

The field of remembrance at Lydiard Park is open to the public for 10 days.

A chance for people to reflect and never forget.