Growing Remembrance: The Story of the National Memorial Arboretum

Growing Rememberance: the Story of the National Memorial Arboretum
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On October 18th at am, 46 eager pupils and 3 equally excited teachers from our school hopped on an incredibly spacious coach and began the journey to the National Memorial Arboretum, located in Staffordshire, West Midlands. At am, when we saw the flowers and monuments in great numbers trundle past our windows, we knew our destination had finally been reached.

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We stepped off the coach and everyone stared in awe at the colourful flowers of remembrance all around us. The main focus of the day was the special service of remembrance for the massive sacrifice and outstanding bravery of Indian soldiers from different wars, including The Battle of Koregaon in Pune, India , and the First World War. At am, the event was opened with a message sent by The Queen. Afterwards, Tally Koren an Israeli musical artist who won the London Fringe Award for best singer-songwriter took us all through a very emotional journey by singing two emotional songs.

The whole audience went completely quiet taking in the powerful words from the songs. It really set the mood for the day.

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You could hear a pin drop in the audience whilst the talk went on. The Sikh soldiers were and are renowned for their martial spirit in combats.

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In the Battle of Saragarhi 12th Sept. They chose to fight instead of surrendering. It was now time for a Sikh martial arts display. The performers used real swords and weapons we had never seen before and worked quick on their feet with drums playing in the background.

Everything was amazingly thrilling right in front of our eyes! British soldiers in their uniforms were then invited to be part of the performance. The Sikh soldier put on a blindfold and sliced bananas in half the soldiers were holding! The audience was in ore of the happenings!

When the excitement of the performance had quietened down, we listened to a presentation of the Muslim contribution to the First World War 1. The Muslim soldiers were known for their humane ways to treat prisoners of war. Next on the agenda was a song from Lolly Pain, who had been crowned Miss Derbyshire. She also said that her Great Grandfather was a veteran of war and that she came from a mixed Muslim and Christian family background so the day had meant a lot to her.

We took in every word. But we felt the story of broken dreams of young boys; and above all, unrequited love for all human beings. We imagined the figures of young boys running in the trenches who had lied about their ages in order to join the First World War. I graduated from York University and have worked on excavations in France, in Ireland and in England of course; I even helped train students in field archaeology on a Silk Road citadel in Kazakhstan! I'll hear from you soon.

Find your nearest Club Please enter a full postcode. YAC leader Diane Sanders told us more about their visit Planted with more than 30, trees, the Arbotetum "honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. It is a living and lasting memorial. There are more than memorials at the Arboretum, to remember a huge range of people; including members of the armed services who lost their lives at conflicts around the world, prisoners of war, stillborn children, and members of the emergency services who lost their lives whilst looking after their local communities.

Every single monument has a story to tell. Our YAC members had a brilliant and successful visit. We booked a guided tour with a member of staff.

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Our guide was Randie Cush one of the Learning Officers, who made our visit very interesting and memorable. All the group enjoyed the day and although it was cold, the weather remained dry and bright — always a bonus. The guided tour took us around a small but very poignant area looking at the First World War and the Second World War. There were nearly 48, Bevin Boys.

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They were young men aged between 18 and 25 who were conscripted to work in the coal mines during the Second World War to ensure that there was enough coal to support the war effort. After lunch we took part in the Arboretum's poppy activity. We learnt about the meaning of the poppy and how veterans make the symbolic poppies sold to mark Remembrance Day.

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We also attempted to experience what it is like for disabled service men and women to construct the poppies — very difficult. Our visit was amazing and the staff at the Arboretum were outstanding. All in all, it was a very successful day and all of our members were fantastic advocates for the Young Archaeologists' Club.