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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.

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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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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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