Remembrance events at the National Memorial Arboretum
The National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, the Nation’s year-round place to remember has announced its commemorative programme leading up to Remembrance Sunday.
Thursday 11 November – Armistice Day ServiceA Service of Remembrance will take place on top of the Armed Forces Memorial, including an Act of Remembrance, readings, musical performances and wreath laying. A two-minute silence will be observed across the Arboretum at 11am.
All tickets to attend the service have now been allocated and there will be no on-site facilities for visitors without a ticket to observe proceedings. A livestream of the service will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube from 10.45am for people to watch from home.
Sunday 14 November – Remembrance Sunday Service
Thousands of members of the public have pre-booked to attend a Service of Remembrance at the base of the Armed Forces Memorial, including an Act of Remembrance, readings, musical performances and wreath laying. The Remembrance Centre will open at 8am and anyone attending the service is advised to arrive no later than 10.15am.
A high volume of visitors is expected, and Croxall Road will be closed to everyone but those who have pre-booked one of the limited tickets via the Arboretum’s website (https://www.thenma.org.uk). A livestream of the service will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube from 10.45am for people to watch from home.
Monday 1 November to Monday 29 November – Field of Remembrance
The Royal British Legion Field of Remembrance, comprising over 18,000 personal tributes to the fallen, each of them carrying a personal message to someone who has lost their life while serving in the Armed Forces. Located on Naval Review, adjacent to the beautiful multicoloured glass and stone Naval Services Memorial, the Field is open for visitors to explore until Monday 29 November. Visitors are advised to pre-book their visit to the Arboretum to guarantee entry.
Philippa Rawlinson, Managing Director of the National Memorial Arboretum and RBL Interim Lead for Remembrance, said:
“This year we will once again be delivering a series of Remembrance activities, enabling visitors and people from home to give thanks to all who serve and those who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our freedoms.
“As we mark 100 years of the Royal British Legion and 20 years since the opening of the National Memorial Arboretum, we look forward to enabling thousands of people to engage with Remembrance, including through our digital channels.”
For further information and to pre-book visits to the National Memorial Arboretum, please visit https://www.thenma.org.uk