RCN honours nurses' bravery and sacrifice in conflict

RCN president Cecilia Anim placed a cross at Westminster Abbey's Field of Remembrance. 

Nurses who have helped during conflicts worldwide were remembered by the RCN this week.

Cecilia Anim and Richard Jones outside Westminster Abbey. Picture: Barney Newman

The college’s president Cecilia Anim and council member Richard Jones placed crosses with a poppy and the RCN logo at the annual Field of Remembrance in the grounds of Westminster Abbey.

The field has also been visited ahead of Armistice Day by Prince Harry who served in the army and was deployed in Afghanistan. He met veterans of past and present conflicts.

The RCN held its annual remembrance ceremony in Cowdray Hall at the college’s London headquarters.

Honouring the sacrifice made by nurses

The service honoured the sacrifice made by nurses and defence medical services personnel killed or wounded caring for victims of conflict.

It featured readings from Major Chris Carter, chair of the RCN defence forum and RCN council chair Michael Brown.

Major Gerwyn Michael, of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps and Ms Anim performed the Turning the Page ceremony. They read out names of sisters and staff nurses who are recorded in the Books of Remembrance.

Ms Anim said: 'It is important we remember all those who gave their lives in conflicts and also honour the nurses who risked theirs to care for the wounded. It was a privilege to attend the Field of Remembrance service and pay tribute to those serving in our armed forces today too.'

A two-minute silence will be held across the UK on Armistice Day tomorrow (Saturday) at 11am, marking the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month when the First World War ended.

Remembrance Sunday events and services will take place the following day.

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