Corporal Johnson Beharry VC with his Olympic Torch

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The National Memorial Arboretum will welcome a military hero once more for Armed Forces Day. Corporal Johnson Beharry was awarded the Victoria Cross for twice saving members of his unit from an ambush in Iraq in 2004.
Corporal Johnson Beharry VC with his Olympic Torch
He was last at the Alrewas site to carry the Olympic Flame as it made the journey through the region towards Lichfield. Corporal Beharry will be back on June 29 to collect his Torch which has been on display since the relay event. The visit will be part of a day of events at the Arboretum to mark Armed Forces Day. Managing director Sarah Montgomery said: “Armed Forces Day is a wonderful opportunity for the entire nation to show its support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. “We look forward to welcoming visitors to the National Memorial Arboretum for what will be a splendid day of commemorative events and celebratory activities that everyone can get involved in.” Coporal Beharry will also receive a cheque from Ride to the Wall fundraisers on the Arboretum’s behalf at 10am to kick off a day of events. At 10.40am a Service of Tribute will take place at the base of the Armed Forces Memorial, followed by the Daily Act of Remembrance in the Millennium Chapel at 10.55am and a pilgrimage and wreath laying on the Armed Forces Memorial at 11.15am. Other highlights of the day will include the Armed Forces Day Parade at noon, in which cadets from Burton AFC will perform a drill display, a circus skills workshop, the Dig for Victory vintage fashion show and performances by the Touch of Life Dance Troupe and local saxophonists Strictly Swing. An exhibition of memorial sculptures and artwork will also be on display in the Visitor Centre throughout the day. The Arboretum is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm and entry is free, although donations are welcome.


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