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A service at the National Memorial Arboretum today will commemorate those killed in 2011 at the Armed Forces Memorial.

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Bishop: Commemoration service "very moving and quite upsetting"

Bishop John Kirkham, former bishop to the Armed Forces, led the commemoration service within the walls of the Armed Services Memorial in Alrewas. He said he did not find the occasion any easier since it began five years ago.

"I always find it a most moving occasion. It's very hard, I find very often, to talk to people.

"I feel deeply their grief and their sorrow. And to know what they must have gone through and what they must still be going through - something they have to live with forever.

"When they know they have lost someone young, so enthusiastic for what they were doing, and suddenly to know that they are no more with them here and are just united still by love. I find it very, very moving and quite upsetting."

– Bishop John Kirkham, former bishop to the Armed Forces

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Time to remember at National Memorial Arboretum

Families and comrades at tribute to fallen service personnel
Families and comrades at tribute to fallen service personnel Credit: ITV Central

The Service of Commemoration is underway in Alrewas to pay tribute to the soldiers who died in action in 2011.

Wreaths will shortly be laid at the Wall of Memorial.

Service in progress to remember fallen service personnel
Service in progress to remember fallen service personnel Credit: ITV Central

The service is being led by Bishop John Kirkham, former Bishop to the Armed Forces.350 people are attending the annual event at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Families and friends gather to remember those killed in action in 2011

National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas prepares for Service of Commemmoration
National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas prepares for Service of Commemoration Credit: ITV Central

Families and supporters from across Britain are arriving in Staffordshire for the annual Service of Commemoration.

Wreaths will be laid during the service at midday for soldiers who died in action during 2011.

They'll rest alongside the Wall of Memorial where their names are inscribed.

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