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On their way to the National Memorial Arboretum Credit: ITV News Central
Bikers supporting Ride to the Wall in Staffordshire Credit: ITV News Central
Bikes parked up at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire Credit: ITV News Central
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Thousands expected at Armed Forces motorcycle event

Thousands of motorcyclists from around the country are expected at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire today.

Motorcyclists on their way to last year's event Credit: ITV News Central

The event is the sixth annual Ride to the Wall motorcycle event and gives bikers the opportunity to show their support for the Armed Forces.

Thousands of bikers are expected to attend today's event Credit: ITV News Central

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Family of fallen soldier welcome new memorial

The family of a soldier who died during active duty have welcomed the creation of a new tribute at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Paula Black and her five-year-old daughter Tegan were among the first to 'plant' a poppy at the new feature.

Tegan's father LCpl Richard Gotts, who was serving in the Royal Logistic Corps, died of a heart attack while on duty in 2007.

Everlasting poppies 'planted' at new memorial

A new war memorial has been unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, featuring dozens of poppies around a central wreath.

The new Never Forget memorial has been unveiled
The new Never Forget memorial has been unveiled Credit: ITV News Central

Each of the poppies has been inscribed with the name of a loved one who fell during the war to form a lasting tribute.

Everlasting poppies have been 'planted' around a central wreath
Everlasting poppies have been 'planted' around a central wreath Credit: ITV News Central

Memorial unveiled in memory of fallen soldiers

The memorial is being opened today Credit: ITV News Central

The Royal British Legion's 'Never Forget' Memorial is being unveiled today. It will be officially opened by Amanda Binnie whose husband Sean was killed in an ambush in Afghanistan in May 2009.

The centre point of the memorial is a poppy wreath around which 'Everlasting Poppies' will be planted, inscribed with individual names and dates to form a permanent tribute to those who have fallen in conflict.

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Family proud to take part in walk to 'special place'

Chris' name was one of the first to be hand-engraved onto the walls of the Armed Forces Memorial, soon after its completion and dedication in 2007. Since then, the Memorial has become our 'special place'.

Our family is so proud to be taking part in Walk to the Wall in Chris' name and to help raise funds for the Arboretum. Even if you have not lost someone, it is somewhere you should visit - it is awe-inspiring, uplifting and grounded in reality.

– Min Ingram, mother of killed RAF serviceman

Family of dead RAF Reservist to take part in fundraising walk

Family members of an RAF Reservist killed in Afghanistan are expected to take part in a walk to raise funds for the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The family of Chris Dunmore, who died in 2011, will take part in ‘Walk to the Wall’ today, which takes place every year at the Arboretum.

The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire Credit: ITV News Central

The Senior Aircraftsman’s ten-year-old niece, Morgan, and eight-year-old nephew Ryan, will do the walk with their Grandma, which will finish at the walls of the memorial, where their uncle’s name is engraved.

The annual walk helps ensure entry to the site near Tamworth can remain free of charge.

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