The National Memorial Arboretum, part of The Royal British Legion, has announced details of its Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day services, which will take place on November 8 and November 11 respectively.
The services will provide a final opportunity for visitors to pay their respects to the Fallen at the iconic Armed Forces Memorial before it closes on Thursday, November 12, for up to a year while significant maintenance and improvement work is carried out.
The rest of the extensive Arboretum, and its 300 plus other memorials, will remain fully open to the public in the meantime and the usual daily activities and annual events will continue to take place.
The Armed Forces Memorial, which bears the names of more than 16,000 Service personnel who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorism, will be rededicated early in November 2016, when the works are fully complete.
All are welcome to attend the Remembrance Sunday Service, which will take place on the steps of the Armed Forces Memorial from 10.30am. It will begin with a musical welcome from the West Midlands Police Brass Band and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Warwickshire Band.
The service, which will be led by The Revd Canon Peter Holliday of Lichfield Cathedral, will conclude at 11.15am after which wreaths will be laid at the Armed Forces Memorial. There will be a parade and march past at 12 noon, followed by a West Midlands Police Brass Band and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Warwickshire Band concert. The day’s event will conclude with a Sunset Ceremony at 2.15pm.
Armistice Day will be commemorated at the Arboretum on Wednesday November 11 with an outdoor service of Remembrance at the Armed Forces Memorial led by The Rev Vic Van Den Bergh.
The event will be attended by HRH the Princess Royal as well as senior representatives of the Government and Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. Music is to be provided by the Royal Artillery Band, the oldest military band in continuous service in the UK.
All are welcome to the extensive Arboretum on the day and the service can be viewed via video relay screens. However, due to very high demand, all publically available seated tickets for the service on the Armed Forces Memorial have now been allocated.
The Armed Forces Memorial will be open to the public from 12:30pm to 5pm, after which time it will close for up to one year.