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Memorial stone to be unveiled in memory of Gurkhas

A memorial stone will be unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire later, in memory of all Gurkhas who have lost their lives in services of the British Crown.

The Chautara will be opened by Princess Royal, Princess Anne. Credit: National Memorial Arboretum

The Chautara, a stone resting place traditionally used by Nepalese sherpas, will be opened by the Princess Royal, Princess Anne,

The opening ceremony is a precursor to a series of events scheduled next year set to celebrate the 200 year anniversary of Gurkha service to Great Britain.

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Lee Rigby honoured at National Memorial Arboretum

Fusilier Lee Rigby has been honoured at a service remembering fallen servicemen.

Lee Rigby was murdered near Woolwich Barracks in May 2013. Credit: ITV News

Rigby was murdered by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale near Woolwich Barracks last year.

The soldier is one of 17 servicemen to have their names added to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The annual event remembers fallen servicemen who have been killed on duty the previous year.

Family members will lay wreaths at the memorial after the service.

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17 servicemen and women remembered at National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The names of 17 servicemen and women who were killed on duty or through terrorism last year will be unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The names of those who died were engraved onto the walls in May and will be read out in a special service for families later.

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£1m cash pledge for Armed Forces Memorial

The Prime Minister has announced an extra £1m funding for an Armed Services Memorial honouring veterans who have served in conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan.

Downing St said the Government was committed to funding the monument, which is at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, until 2020.

Visitors at the Armed Forces Memorial in Staffordshire. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The memorial commemorates over 16,000 people who have died on duty since the end of World War II.

There will be a dedication service on Monday for the 17 service personnel who died on duty in 2013.

Campaign launched to create memorial in memory of Indians who fought in World War One

A national campaign aimed at creating a permanent memorial in memory of Indians who fought during World War One was launched today.

A statue commemorating the 130,000 Sikh soldiers who fought in the Great War will be unveiled in a ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum.

The campaign is being led by filmmaker and activist Jay Singh-Sohal.

This centenary anniversary of the start of World War One is an ideal time to remember all those who fought in the conflict – the Sikh story is only now finding prominence with exhibitions, films and research. We want to ensure that our community has a lasting legacy of remembrance for those who fought – a memorial will ensure that their service is never forgotten and that in future people remember their heroism.

– Jay Singh-Sohal

Wreath of Respect returns to National Memorial Arboretum by motorbike

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A Wreath of Respect, commemorating the outbreak of the First World War, has spent the week touring 1500 miles around the country with the Royal British Legion Riders Branch.

It returns this morning to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas where a service and a two minute silence will be held.

The wreath is made of metal poppies and the centrepiece is a horseshoe, to recognise the sacrifice made by horses and their owners throughout the First World War.

Credit: Dougie Bancroft

This week the wreath has visited locations including Cardiff, York Minster, Ely Cathedral and St. Austell.

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Wreaths laid at remembrance service for police officers

Wreaths have been laid at a remembrance service for police officers who have died in the line of duty at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Families of officers who died in the line of duty arrive to lay flowers at a special service to remember them Credit: ITV News / Phil Brewster
A wreath laid by Warwickshire Police in remembrance of former colleagues Credit: ITV News / Phil Brewster
Leicestershire Police wreath laid at service to remember police officers who've died in the line of duty Credit: ITV News / Phil Brewster
West Midlands Police remember former colleagues who've died Credit: ITV News / Phil Brewster

Police remembered at National Memorial Arboretum

Wreaths sent by various police forces for the COPS Unity Tour service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Credit: ITV News / Phil Brewster

Around 80 cyclists and 20 support staff have arrived at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, after setting off from the Mall in London on Friday, to remember police officers who have died in the execution of their duties across the country.

The riders are made up of police officers from across the UK and family members who have lost loved ones.

The arrival coincides with the annual remembrance service organised by Care of Police Survivors (COPS).

Each cyclist completed the ride in memory of a fallen police officer and is raising money on behalf of UK Care of Police Survivors which supports families after the death of an officer.

Hundreds pay respects at National Memorial Arboretum

Hundreds of people attended a ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire today.

The names of those who have been killed in recent conflicts are carved on the wall around the memorial.

Chuck Hall, a veteran of 20 years service, said:

I've come from Derby today but actually I've come from Canada, to Derby, for today... I've come to remember my buddies... I served 20 years.

Bert Hayward served in Korea and said:

I come here three, four, five times a year to pay my respects for those that have gone and those that are still serving.

A motorcycle group called Ride To The Wall has raised more than £300,000 to help with the upkeep of the arboretum which attracts thousands of visitors every year.

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