Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday at the National Memorial Arboretum

Wed, 03/10/2018 - 10:43

On 11 November 2018, the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, will host an outdoor Service of Remembrance at the base of the Armed Forces Memorial to mark 100 years since the signing of the Armistice, which signaled the end of the First World War, and to remember those who have served and sacrificed over the last 100 years. The Arboretum’s Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday service will be attended by thousands of members of the public and will be followed by a parade.

The Armed Forces Memorial is designed so that on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, when a two-minute Silence is called in Remembrance of the cessation of First World War hostilities, a shaft of sunlight dissects its inner and outer walls, hitting the central bronze wreath sculpture.

Complementing the Cenotaph in London, which commemorates specifically the victims of the First and Second World Wars, the Armed Forces Memorial is the nation’s tribute to the more than 16,000 service men and women since 1948 who were killed on duty or because of terrorist action.  It is an icon for contemporary Remembrance and its towering Portland Stone walls have been added to annually since it was opened in 2007.

The National Memorial Arboretum will be operating a free Park and Ride service for all visitors who have not purchased a pre-booked parking pass for the event.