One of these places you have vaguely heard of, yet never, for a second, considered could have affected such a level of tribute to those to whom it is dedicated. (And not just because of the bear… 🙂 )
“There is a Garden of the Innocents with an elder tree at its heart, dedicated to Anne Frank. Each spring its flower buds are removed, to symbolise the lost childhoods never allowed to grow to maturity.”
All ideas have to start somewhere and mine began with an hour or so to spare en route to the north. I had seen the sign for the National Memorial Arboretum every time I headed up that way and thought it would be a good place to while away a little time, so I turned the car towards Alrewas with no idea what to expect.
The Arboretum was the born from an idea of Commander David Childs CBE. An appeal was launched after he discussed the idea with Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC, a one time commander of the legendary 617 ‘Dambusters’ squadron and philanthropist. Childs wished to create a national place of Remembrance, to honour the fallen, recognising their service and sacrifice.
Yet it is not simply military monument and all those touched by conflict are remembered here, from those who were shot at dawn to the children whose…
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