Nigel Clough visits National Memorial Arboretum to explore close connections between football and the Armed Forces

Published on: Mon, 01/10/2018 - 14:26

Visiting the Football Remembers Memorials at the NMA

The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is the UK’s year-round Centre for Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. 

The Arboretum is part of The Royal British Legion and has almost 30,000 maturing trees and over 370 memorials. In October 2016, it opened a £15.7m Remembrance Centre, following a major fundraising campaign supported by numerous individuals and organisations, including Staffordshire County Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Centre has secured a number of awards, including from the Royal Institute of British Architecture and was named Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2018 (Gold) at the VisitEngland awards.

Situated on land owned by Tarmac and leased on a peppercorn rent, the Arboretum is home to the striking Armed Forces Memorial which commemorates those who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorism from the end of the Second World War to the present time.