We also made time to visit the National Memorial Arboretum which is quite close to Lichfield. The site is maintained by the Royal British legion and I would recommend everyone to visit. The central feature is the Armed Forces Memorial which recognises the members of all arms of the services who have lost their lives since the end of World War II. The sheer number of names on the memorial stops you in your tracks. We tend to perceive the post-war period as one of peace, with isolated campaigns; the truth is that there is barely a year since 1945 when the services have not been in action somewhere.
The Armed Forces Memorial from the RAF Memorial
The magnificent bronzes within the Armed Forces memorial