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Big year ahead as National Memorial Arboretum prepares for a record number of events

New memorials and a record number of events means 2018 could be a year to remember for the National Memorial Arboretum.

Heroes Square at the National Memorial Arboretum

Heroes Square at the National Memorial Arboretum

The UK’s centre of remembrance in Alrewas will also see the completion of a new £8million conference and events pavilion.

More than 250 events are also scheduled, including veterans’ associations reunions, seminars and memorial dedications, as well as World War One commemorations, which could create a record-breaking year.

Sarah Montgomery, managing director of the arboretum, said: “There have been ten years of hard work, by a remarkable team of people, to get us to this position.

“With thanks to our parent charity The Royal British Legion, funders such as the Heritage Lottery Fund, Staffordshire County Council, the Chancellor using LIBOR funds and many other bodies and private donors, we have made our vision reality.

“The result is beautiful and welcoming buildings, set within a maturing wooded parkland featuring stunning memorials and sculptures, that are helping us to engage new audiences in our common history and heritage.

“In inspiring visitors to remember and to celebrate the service, suffering and sacrifice of others, we are keeping the flame alive for future generations.”

A full list of events for the year is available on the National Memorial Arboretum website.

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