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National Memorial Arboretum. 2 years 5 months ago #411911

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If you are in Staffordshire, near Alrewas this is well worth a visit. Lovely grounds and over 300 memorials to those who have served. The central large memorial, the armed forces memorial is being refurbished so is closed; but the place is still worth going to. There is part of the Burma railway there and an exhibition about those captured and held by the Japanese; harrowing but compelling.
If you go, I would recommend a trip around on the road train, as it helps you get an overview of the place, before setting off to find particular memorials. The visitor centre is also being developed but there is a cafe and toilets etc.
Given the significance of the place, it is not well advertised or widely known about.
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National Memorial Arboretum. 2 years 5 months ago #411923

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I agree. We visited last September and it's a very special place.
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National Memorial Arboretum. 2 years 5 months ago #411943

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Our choir were privileged to have been invited to sing there last year at a remembrance service. The arboretum is easy to get to and well worth a visit.
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National Memorial Arboretum. 2 years 5 months ago #412009

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Just to add to that, very close by is the Commonwealth cemetary on Cannock Chase. Adjacent to the Commonwealth Cemetary is a German Military Cemetary. As I understand it, most of the Germans interred were either shot down aircrew or prisoners that died in captivity, but to the rear of the cemetary are four (think it was four) large stones under which lay the remains of complete Zeppelin Crews.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannock_Chase_German_Military_Cemetery
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National Memorial Arboretum. 2 years 5 months ago #412799

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I just wish to endorse what has already been said about the N.M.A.
I usually go for the 11 hour on the 11th day in the 11th month service.
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National Memorial Arboretum. 10 months 3 weeks ago #441300

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All now open at NMA including a new visitor centre. The latest addition is a reconstructed World War 1 trench!
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