The main memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum is the Armed Forces Memorial. A 43 metre stone structure sits above a 6 metre high earthen mound reminiscent of the early British Barrows the remains of which may be seen in some parts of the country. The two curved and two straight walls are made from over 200,000 bricks faced with Portland Stone panels, engraved on wgich are the names of srvice men and women who have lost their lives in the service of their country in the years after World War Two. There are over 15,000 names on the wall from over fifty conflicts around the world.
The centrepiece of the Memorial is two large bronze sculptures, representing loss and sacrifice, on either side of a central bronze laurel wreath. Created by Ian Rank-Broadley, the sculptures bear silent witness to the cost of armed conflict.
The First Sculpture has a nurse and a Gurka soldier carrying the dead whist his name is carved on the wall. The other soldier is pointing towards a gap in the wall through wich the rays of the sun will shine at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.
The second of the sculptures depicts a wounded man being carried on a stretcher whilst familiy members look on in despair.
Some other images from the Arboretum may be found on my Flickr site here.
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