It’s been a long time since I managed to update here, but thanks to a spectacular trip to the National Memorial Arboretum today, I have several updates to follow. It was a glorious sunny day, and we’d decided to pay a visit to the arboretum en route back home from a weekend away. Neither of us had visited before, but we’ll certainly be going again.  It was just a couple of pounds for a whole day’s parking, and we’d have stopped longer than the four hours that we did, except for the fact that we were quite overcome by that time.

The main memorial is the one dedicated to the members of the British forces who have lost their lives in service since the end of WW11.  It’s almost like a smaller version of the Tyne Cot memorial, though without the graves. Names are listed initially by year, then by service and alphabetically, so easy to find who you are looking for. What is even more poignant than the long list of lives lost, is the blank wall awaiting inscriptions for the most recent losses, and those yet to come.

This is a truly spectacular memorial, but both of us found some of the smaller memorials affected us more strongly. I’ll upload some of the pictures over the next few days, which will help to give an idea of the scale of the range of memorials in this amazing place.  The volunteer staff on duty were very knowledgeable, and eager to help. We bought a map on the way in which details the memorials alphabetically and numerically, and it was used constantly during our visit – if you get the opportunity to go, I’d recommend it as a good value buy at just £2.50.

All for now – more tomorrow.


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