Remembrance Sunday at the National Memorial Arboretum

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More than 4,000 people turned up to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday at the National Memorial Arboretum’s Armed Forces Memorial in Alrewas, Staffordshire.

The ceremony started with a mixture of ages enjoying music by the West Midlands Police Brass Band.

Reverend Mark Chester, also an active army captain, followed this with a welcome speech.

He focused on how it’s important to remember those who have fallen before us and how happy he was at the number of people attending.

“We gather here in the hope that all people may together live in freedom, justice and peace,” he said.

“We come to pray for all who in bereavement and disability continue to suffer the consequences of fighting and terror.”

After this, Absa Hashmi, sister of Lance Corporal Jabron Hashmi, who was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan in 2006, gave words of reflection.

Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of Jabron’s dedicated memorial at the Arboretum.

The Armed Forces Memorial pays tribute to more than 16,000 service men and women since 1948 who were killed on duty or as a result of terrorist action.

A minute’s silence was held at 11am.

David Smith, 17, a member of the Army Cadet force, said: “I think it’s incredibly important to remember those who fought in the war.

“I come every year with my section based in Staffordshire, and it’s great to see all of the old veterans here.

“It’s an emotional day but the service and ceremony are always amazing.”

The National Memorial Arboretum is part of The Royal British Legion and has almost 30,000 maturing trees and over 350 memorials.

Watch our video report of the event, below:

(Additional reporting by Cameron Hale)

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