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Call for war cemetery alongside National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas

The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas

The former commander of British soldiers in Afghanistan has called for the introduction of a war cemetery alongside the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichield.

Brig Ed Butler made his comments in an article for the Telegraph and suggested that the need for a National War Cemetery was apparent following the continued loss of life in Afghanistan.

He added that the introduction of a burial ground at Alrewas could provide a “sense of pride” and “national honour” similar to that achieved by the Arlington National Cemetery in the United States.

Brig Butler wrote in the newspaper:

“We owe it to our brave servicemen and women, who have paid the final price, to provide them with a fitting and permanent resting place and memorial where not just their families, but also the ordinary public can pay their respects and express their gratitude. A National Cemetery alongside the National Arboretum in Lichfield would, in my view, go some way in providing this.

“As the drum beat of British servicemen killed in action continues relentlessly is it now time to consider a National War Cemetery?”

The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas is home to memorials for members of the Armed Forces, emergency services and other organisations.

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