Sunday, 26 March 2017

Discover the National Memorial Aboretum (Staffordshire)

Situated in Staffordshire on the edge of the National Forest, the Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance.

The Arboretum is an evolving, maturing woodland landscape featuring 30,000 trees and a vast collection of memorials. The 150-acre site is a living, growing tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our country.

With 150 acres, over 330 memorials and an abundance of wildlife, there is something for everyone at the Arboretum. It is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9am until 5pm and dusk in winter months. Entry into the Arboretum grounds is free but donations are appreciated.

The Armed Forces Memorial is an iconic and powerful symbol of Remembrance. Sited at the heart of the Arboretum this iconic memorial remembers more than 16,000 people.

The Armed Forces Memorial, dedicated in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen on 12 October 2007, is a nationally significant focus for Remembrance. It honours those members of the Armed Forces (Regular and Reserve) who were killed on duty while performing functions attributable to the special circumstances and requirements of the Armed Forces, or as a result of terrorist action, and those who died while deployed on designated operations.

The Memorial is a stunning piece of architecture comprising a 43 metre diameter stone structure with two curved walls and two straight walls containing the names of those honoured here.

Since the end of World War II the men and women of the Armed Forces, often supported by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Merchant Navy, have taken part in more than 50 operations and conflicts across the world, often as part of United Nations, NATO or other international coalitions.

It’s not just Service Personnel who’ve made the sacrifice. Behind every name on the Memorial are the wives, husbands, partners, parents, children and colleagues who loved them and who live with the pain and consequences of their loss every day.

Following the award of a £3 million LIBOR fines grant to the Arboretum and with further support from The Royal British Legion, the Armed Forces Memorial is currently in the final stages of a programme of repairs and improvements. The Armed Forces Memorial will remain open to the public during these works.

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