Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day at the National Memorial Arboretum

Published on: Wed, 21/10/2020 - 10:27

On Remembrance Sunday (8 November), the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, will broadcast a virtual Act of Remembrance from the Armed Forces Memorial on Facebook and YouTube. Pre-booked visitors to the Arboretum will be able to observe the Act of Remembrance in person from the base of the Armed Forces Memorial.

As in previous years, the Armistice Day service on 11 November will be open to a small number of invited guests only, including members of the NMA Friends programme, selected by ballot. Members of the public will have the opportunity to watch this broadcast on Facebook and YouTube.

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 decision to alter how the Arboretum delivers these important Remembrance activities was not taken lightly. Despite changes this year, this alternative offers new routes to engage with Remembrance and ensures that as many people as possible can participate in the Arboretum’s commemorations, in line with the site’s commitment to be freely open to all.