It was a lovely service where someone sang 'And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda' and then representatives from Australia and New Zealand forces (Army, Navy, & Airforce) laid wreaths.
This memorial is to the people that died when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, with the stone on top being from Hiroshima.
It's a lovely place to walk around and by the river there was an interesting art installation - we couldn't find a description but to us they looked like they might represent seed pods.
Throughout the arboretum there are over 30,000 trees, many which have been dedicated by families to their loved ones who have died.
One of the many walking paths around the site with seats so that people can sit in quiet reflection.
This is the Shot at Dawn memorial, which I think is one of the saddest ones at the arboretum. Every post represents one of the 306 British and Commonwealth soldiers that were shot for desertion or cowardice during World War I. Now, it is acknowledged that the majority of these soldiers, many being underage, were suffering from shell-shock. The statue is Private Herbert Burden who was only 17 and was shot at dawn in 1915 - in 2006 he was granted a posthumous pardon.
There are so many different memorials on the site and I really liked this carousel horse which is part of the memorial to the Showman's Guild of Great Britain which is for members who have died in conflict.
This beautiful depiction of Bellerophon riding Pegasus is the memorial to the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces - Bellerophon was the son of Poseidon and he captured a Pegasus.
These beautiful words are attributed to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and are on a plaque near the Gallipoli memorial:
Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives ... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours ... You, the mothers who sent their sons from faraway countries, wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.
Thirty years after the Falklands War this memorial to the 255 British Servicemen who lost their lives was unveiled at the Arboretum. It's a simple memorial with rocks from the islands being placed there.
This beautiful coloured glass memorial with the lone figure bowing their head is for past, present, and future navy personal who have lost their lives.
The wreaths that were laid during the ANZAC day service.
A rifle topped with a helmet is what is known as the battlefield cross and is used to mark a fallen soldiers grave so that bodies can be recovered. It's believed that this was first used in the American Civil War.
There you have it, a brief look at the national memorial arboretum - if you're ever near Stafford call in and have a look around.
Until next time, be good, stay safe, and be kind to yourself this weekend.
Pamela & Ken