This week’s Weekly Wednesday Photo was taken at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas.
Despite being less than a half-hour drive from us, we’d never visited the National Memorial Arboretum before. I saw an ad on social media about half-term activities taking place there and thought it might be worth a trip. I wasn’t wrong!
The first thing that struck me was the size – it’s absolutely huge! I’ve only ever really seen TV and photos of the ‘main’ memorial, but there are over 300 smaller memorials spread over 150 acres of beautifully cultivated gardens and woodland.
The second thing that struck me was the atmosphere; there was a real sense of respect and also pride. It was a sunny day, so it was busy with people of all ages (but significantly more elderly people) wandering between the memorials and monuments, but it was so quiet. There were also several people in forces uniform, blazers and hats, as there had been a couple of dedications that day.
We wandered up to the main Armed Forces Memorial and were awestruck by just how many names are inscribed. More than 16000 men and women who died whilst on duty serving our country since World War 2 are remembered.
During school holidays, there are activities for children to do. We didn’t do the pond dipping this time (that’s never a good idea with Small…) but we did have a go at excavating artefacts, (that is, digging for objects in sandpits!) which the children enjoyed.
There is also an adventure playground, which Small absolutely loved!
We barely scratched the surface of the National Memorial Arboretum, so we’ll definitely go back again soon to see more of the grounds and memorials.
Did you catch last week’s Weekly Wednesday Photo? See it here!