RCN honours nurses who served during conflicts

RCN lays crosses at the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.

RCN president Cecilia Amnin and RCN Council member Gordon Lees honoured nurses who contributed their skills and lost their lives during conflicts around the world by laying crosses at the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.

Gordon Lees and Cecelia Anim
Gordon Lees and Cecelia Anim. Picture: Barney Newman

The very first Field of Remembrance was held in the grounds of Westminster Abbey in November 1928.

Only a handful of poppies were planted around a single cross, but it began a tradition that has grown over the decades, according to the British Legion.

Honour ceremony

The RCN held a remembrance ceremony at Guards’ Chapel earlier this week, the only Royal Military Chapel in London to honour the sacrifice made by nurses and defence medical services personnel killed or wounded caring for victims of conflict.

The multi-denominational service was supported by the RAF Spitfire choir and featured the Turning Of The Pages ceremony in remembrance of personnel of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps and the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service personnel killed during conflict.

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