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National Memorial Arboretum

Visiting the Arboretum in Summer 2020

The National Memorial Arboretum is pleased to announce that it will reopen to the general public on Monday 8 June. Please visit their website for further details.

The National Memorial Arboretum is designed to help people reflect, celebrate lives lived and commemorate lives lost in service.

Open throughout the year and covering 150 acres of beautiful woodland and gardens, it’s an uplifting place that’s full of life and meaning, somewhere both young and old will enjoy.

Since planting began in 1997, the National Memorial Arboretum has been a special place honouring those who have served, and continue to serve, our nation in many different ways.

VJ Day 75 at the NMA 

On 15 August, The Royal British Legion will be holding a commemoration at the National Memorial Arboretum to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. The commemoration will be centred around the Act of Remembrance at 11am. It will be broadcast on BBC One from the NMA and will include veteran testimonies and music from military musicians as well as wreath-laying activities at several of the relevant memorials and artefacts linked to the World War Two campaign in the Far-East.

Due to current guidance, any formal proceedings will not be open to general site visitors, but they can be observed from a large screens in the Naval Review. A limited number of tickets will be available via the NMA website from Monday 3 August on a first-come, first-served basis.

Veterans of the Far-East Campaign who may wish to attend should email commemorative.events@britishlegion.org.uk to register their interest.

We would like to invite those veterans and descendants unable to attend to submit messages of Remembrance which will be affixed to poppy posies that will be laid at the memorials at the NMA on the 15 August. Messages can be submitted here.

VJ Day activity packs

The National Memorial Arboretum have developed some activity packs in partnership with the Legion. Designed for all ages, the packs provide an overview of the Second World War in the Asia-Pacific theatre and shine a spotlight on the incredible people who served in challenging conditions, fighting against the fearsome Japanese Imperial Army. 

Download the following packs:

Sun filtering through merchant navy woods at the National Memorial Arboretum

The Arboretum has something for everyone

For many it’s a wonderful place to stroll and enjoy the trees; for others it’s a peaceful and beautiful place to remember loved ones, particularly those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

The Arboretum has something for everyone

For many it’s a wonderful place to stroll and enjoy the trees; for others it’s a peaceful and beautiful place to remember loved ones, particularly those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Visiting the National Memorial Arboretum?

Part of the Legion family of charities, you can explore a fascinating exhibition which charts the history of Remembrance.

Guided walks, audio guides, buggy tours and a land train are available to help visitors explore the site. A year-round programme of events also take place throughout the year.

The National Memorial Arboretum grounds are free to enter, though charges apply for some activities.

For further information and a full programme of events and activities please visit the National Memorial Arboretum website.

The Sikh Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum

150 acres of beautiful woodland and gardens

More than 370 dedicated symbolic memorials make the Arboretum a living tribute that will forever acknowledge the personal sacrifices made by the Armed Forces and civil services of this country.

150 acres of beautiful woodland and gardens

More than 370 dedicated symbolic memorials make the Arboretum a living tribute that will forever acknowledge the personal sacrifices made by the Armed Forces and civil services of this country.

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