The Armed Forces Memorial, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas

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Date:8th of October 2014

Description:This view was taken looking south east from the Visitor Centre towards the Armed Forces Memorial.

The Armed Forces Memorial was dedicated in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen on 12 October 2007. This impressive structure is made from Portland stone with two curved and two straight walls which contain the names of members of the Armed Forces (Regular and Reserve) honoured here. More than 15,000 names were carved by computer when the Memorial was created and after 2007 the names of those killed have been engraved by hand annually. In the central area of the Memorial are two large bronze sculptures symbolising loss and sacrifice, they stand on either side of a bronze laurel wreath. The sculptures were created by Ian Rank-Broadley. Within this area there is also an obelisk especially dedicated to those who died while in service. The Memorial provides a nationally important focus for remembrance, recognition and thanks to those who have given their lives in service to their country since the end of World War II.

The Arboretum was officially opened to the public in May 2001. Bordered by the rivers Trent and Tame the Arboretum is set in 150 acres with around 50,000 trees planted. There are more than 300 dedicated memorials which form a tribute and acknowledge the personal sacrifices made by the Armed Forces and Civil Services of the country. There are also large areas with memorials devoted to Police, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance services; also National Charities representing those who have died in particular circumstances, including children are to be found in the grounds.

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Creators: Mr Bob Metcalfe - Creator

Donor ref:BM-285 (192/27818)

Source: Mr Bob Metcalfe

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