Events in 2016

There will be some events involving veterans and the First World War around Preston over 2016. We know of the following:

18th June – Preston Military Show, Fulwood Barracks

25th June – Armed Forces Day, Flag Market (NAAFI tea room)

3 July – Somme Centenary Service – Blackburn Cathedral

23rd July – Preston Pals Centenary Service – Railway Station

15th August – VJ Day Service, Fulwood Barracks

9th November – Preston Pals Service, Railway Station

Friday, June 3, 2016

National Memorial Arboretum

On Friday 20th May 2016, Preston Remembers visited the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire.

The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. It is a living and lasting memorial.

Since planting began in 1997, the National Memorial Arboretum has been a special place honouring those who have served, and continue to serve, our nation in many different ways. Our staff and volunteers look forward to welcoming you.

It’s not a cemetery. It’s a place of life, represented by the 30,000 trees planted here, where older and younger generations alike can wander and wonder.

Covering 150 acres, the Arboretum has something for everyone. For some it’s a wonderful place to stroll and enjoy the trees; for others it’s a peaceful and beautiful place to remember loved ones, particularly those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

The trees and the more than 300 dedicated memorials on our site make the Arboretum a living tribute that will forever acknowledge the personal sacrifices made by the Armed Forces and civil services of this country.

Importantly, the focus isn’t totally military. There is a large area devoted to Police who have fallen while on duty, as well as other areas devoted to the Fire and Rescue and Ambulance services. National charities representing those who have died in particular circumstances, including children, are also to be found in the Arboretum grounds.

Its fair to say that the volunteers had a great time, especially after getting the handy land-train around the site! Of particular interest was the newly-dedicated Duke Of Lancaster’s Regiment Memorial, a giant Lion of England on a stone plinth. It was opened by their Colonel-In-Chief, HM Queen Elizabeth II, on May 17th, just three days before!

A brilliant trip, and we all heartily recommend anyone to visit!

Friday, June 3, 2016