September 2016 – National Memorial Arboretum

A slightly delayed report – but back in September we visited the National Memorial Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum
National Memorial Arboretum: Photo by MArk Ellis

We had arranged to meet there in time to visit the Memorial Chapel for the 11:00 am Remembrance Service and to hear a brief introduction to the Arboretum. This was given by an enthusiastic volunteer who was both informative and entertaining.

We were then free for lunch before taking the train tour around the site. This was an easy way to see much of the area as well as hearing the stories about the various memorials.

En Masse Art Installation National Memorial Arboretum
En Masse Art Installation: Mark Ellis

This was followed by a more personal tour by Mark Ellis who showed us the Somme memorial soldiers and the WW1 Trenches. This tour also included one of the latest  memorials dedicated to Scouts.

For those who have not been to the National Memorial Arboretum we can only say, sorry you have not been, but do please go and see for yourself.

The site gives many options, a lovely walk, mainly flat; wonderful designs and artwork; a nature walk; an excellent café and shop……a wonderful experience

Scout Memorial: Photo by Mark Ellis National Memorial Arboretum
Scout Memorial: Photo by Mark Ellis
Report by Ivan Ellis

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