Field of Remembrance opens at National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire

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The National Memorial Arboretum has opened its doors again as the Royal British Legion marks the centenary of the end of the First World War in 1918.

As the nation prepares for Armistice Day on Sunday, the national monument has unveiled a Field of Remembrance which will cover the grounds with more than 18,000 tributes from both the public and servicemen and women.

The tributes take the form of a Little Remembrance Cross, Muslim Crescent, Star of David, Sikh Khanda, Hindu Om or Secular Tribute.

A special service of Remembrance took place yesterday (November 5) which was attended by ex-servicemen and women alongside families and friends.

Many tributes carry a personal message to someone who has lost their life during service.

The Royal British Legion has been organising Fields of Remembrance for nearly 90 years.

This is the third year one has been held at the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield.

Personal messages written on 18,000 tributes by family members. Photo: Jack Cochrane

Mark Ellis, head of commercial operations, said: “We’re very proud to support the Royal British Legion.

“It’s an ideal setting where it allows people to come along and remember those who sacrificed and served to enable us to be here today.”

“There’s been a lot of planning in the background, a lot of hard work done by a very dedicated team of volunteers to make sure all the tributes are planted in the right place, in the neat line.

“Without their work over the weekend, the event really wouldn’t have the same impact that its had.

“It is truly humbling.”

Visitors pay respects at Centenary Field Of Thanks. Photo: Joe Williams

On Armistice Day, there will be a large service held at the National Memorial Arboretum which is free to the public.

With around 350 memorials over the 150-acre site the public are encouraged to visit the Field of Remembrance which will stand till November 19th.

The Royal British Legion’s Centenary Field of Thanks will have poppies on site until December 30.

Photo: Jack Cochrane

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