Remembrance

Fallen Honoured At National Memorial Arboretum Remembrance Service

Veterans, serving personnel and members of the public from across the UK were in attendance.

Veterans, serving personnel and civilians from across the UK have gathered to remember the fallen on Armistice Day.

An annual service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire was among events held across the country.

Those in attendance were surrounded by the names of 16,000 men and women who have died in service since the end of the Second World War.

"There is a couple of guys I know on the wall," said veteran Adrian Round.

I've just come to say hello and wish them well."

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The names of 16,000 servicemen and women killed since the end of the Second World War are engraved at the NMA.

Veteran Maynard Scott, who also attended the Remembrance service on Monday, said: "Remembrance means many things to many people, especially those with no known grave."

The National Memorial Arboretum is "very special to those people", he added.

As the Last Post played out, and the two-minute silence followed, the sun lit up the centre of the memorial.

"The memorial itself was designed so that at 11 o'clock on 11 November, a shaft of sunlight comes through a crack in the wall, and shines and then traverses across the bronze wreath," explained Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) David Whimpenny, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the National Memorial Arboretum.

As the ceremony reached a close, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent lay a wreath on behalf of the Queen.

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Civilian and military personnel attended the service at the NMA.