People are being invited to take a moment on Saturday 11 November for Armistice Day and on Remembrance Sunday to honour those who lost their lives during the nation’s wars.
Leading the nation’s commemorations are services at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, which includes the famous Armed Forces Memorial, dedicated in 2007 which honours members of the Armed Forces who have died in service.
Staffordshire has many other poignant war memorials, gardens and attractions, most of which will be hosting commemoration services over the weekend.
Philip Atkins, leader of Staffordshire County Council, will be remembering those who gave their lives from his own village service at the War Memorial in St Michael’s Lychgate, Rocester, on Remembrance Sunday and urged people to attend one of the many local services taking place.
“The sense of pride found on both these days in the people of our country is an unmatched and inspiring tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice of war. Along with the many who support and understand the commitment of our Armed Forces, I would encourage people to try and attend a service of Remembrance to honour those who gave up their lives for our freedom.”
HM Lord-Lieutenant Mr Ian Dudson CBE KStJ and the Staffordshire Lieutenancy will also be represented at services across the county over the weekend. Including at the National Memorial Arboretum and Royal Stoke University Hospital, as well as in Stafford, Stone, Rugeley, Penkridge, Tamworth, Burton, Cannock, Leek and Lichfield.
Mr Dudson said:
“Staffordshire’s place as the year round centre for Remembrance, notably at the National Memorial Arboretum, will soon be supplemented by events all around the County culminating in services on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.
“The focus of course will be on the 2 World Wars and particularly the continuing WW1 centenary commemorations but we will also be remembering all those who have made sacrifices serving their Country from this County.”
Chairman of Staffordshire County Council, Michael Greatorex will also be attending the National memorial Arboretum on Saturday and the Remembrance Day Service and Parade in Stafford on Sunday. Michael said:
“The commemorations taking place this weekend will give people a chance to pay their respect to those brave members of our armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. It will be an honour to represent Staffordshire at the two services I will be attending and I would also encourage others to take a few moments to remember the fallen on this special day too.”
Staffordshire has strong connections with the armed forces and is home to three Signal Regiments in Stafford, the Defence Medical Services in Whittington, as well as a large number of Reserve units and Cadets. The county also continues to be proud to be home to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, a lasting tribute to those who serve their country, die in conflict or have a special reason for being remembered.