Breaking of the ground for a new national Remembrance Centre

Written by: Elmtree Press

On Friday 11th September, the trustees, management and Appeal Council of the National Memorial Arboretum will host a ceremony to mark the breaking of the ground for the Arboretum’s long-awaited new national Remembrance Centre.  The new centre is required as a result of the Arboretum’s rapid growth in popularity and increased national significance.

The breaking of the ground will be led by the fundraising Appeal Council’s Dame Penelope Keith and Sea Cadet Beth Molyneux (11). Beth’s father, Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux, was shot and killed on board HMS Astute as it was docked in Southampton in April 2011.

Having successfully raised £10.7m towards its £15.7m fundraising goal, the National Memorial Arboretum, part of The Royal British Legion, is starting construction work now in order to complete the project by late 2016, ahead of an official opening.

The fundraising campaign, launched by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, to create an inspiring Remembrance Centre, which will cater for up to 500,000 visitors per year, has been supported by many individuals and organisations, including lead funders Staffordshire County Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.