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Armistice Day commemorations at National Memorial Arboretum

A service today will mark the end of the First World War Credit: PA

The end of the First World War will be marked with a Remembrance Service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire today.

The Princess Royal will attend the service within the walls of the Armed Forces Memorial in which there will be a two minute silence at 11am.

The Memorial is designed in such a way that a shaft of sunlight should hit the bronze wreath sculpture in the centre just as the silence is observed.

Services will be held across the region to mark the end of fighting on the Western Front in 1918.


Poppies laid in remembrance of loved ones

Margaret Allen told ITV News Central that she attended the special service at the National Memorial Arboretum to lay a poppy in remembrance of her husband who died in the Falklands War.

Tony Matthews, from the Royal British Legion, also said that it is important to remember every man and woman who has given service to the country, not just the armed forces.

First Royal British Legion poppy appeal at Arboretum

For the first time, the National Memorial Arboretum branch of the Royal British Legion is launching a poppy appeal today.

A poppy wreath from The Royal British Legion Credit: PA

A Field of Remembrance will also be dedicated at a special service this morning, similar to the one near Westminster Abbey.

The Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey Credit: PA

The Field of Remembrance gives an opportunity for everyone who wishes to plant a poppy cross in remembrance of those who have lost their lives in battle since the First World War.

The event will include contributions from two choirs and music from the wartime years.


Bronze sculpture unveiled to honour women of WW2

The Bronze sculpture was unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum Credit: ITV News Central

A bronze sculpture to honour the work of 240,000 women during the Second World War has been unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum near Burton on Trent.

The sculpture was unveiled by The Countess of Wessex Credit: ITV News Central

The Countess of Wessex was joined by the women of the Land Army and Timber Corps, known as the lumber jills.

Some of the 400 or so land girls met The Countess of Wessex at the ceremony Credit: ITV News Central

Most of the 400 or so land girls who came along were in their 80s and 90s now, but braved the strong winds and rain from ex-hurricane Gonzalo to be there and remember friends on their special day.

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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