BEREAVED relatives, friends and those who wish to pay their respects to those who have lost their lives during military conflicts can also visit the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
The 150 acre site in the National Forest includes memorial areas honouring many different armed forces, service personnel and regiments including those with strong local links to our region such as the Royal Engineers, the 9th/12th Lancers and the Worcester and Sherwood Foresters now known as the 2nd Mercian.
The Armed Forces Memorial at the Arboretum is engraved with the names of over 16,000 service personnel who have lost their lives in conflicts or as a result of terrorist action since the end of the second World War.
Ted Lowbridge, of Pilsley, who was with the Royal Engineers from 1958 to 1996, helps tend the Royal Engineers’ memorial plot and described the Arboretum as a beautiful setting and a wonderful place to visit any time.
Visitors are welcome to the Arboretum with its 50,000 trees and over 230 memorials. It is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities.
The Arboretum is hosting a special service of commemoration on Sunday’s Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, on November 11. A limited number of tickets are available to attend, but everyone is still welcome to watch the event via a large screen beside the Visitor Centre.
For more information visit www.thenma.org.uk or call (01283) 792333.
For details of Remembrance Services in our region see this week’s November 8 edition of the Derbyshire Times.