Veterans tell us how pleased they are to have seen so many young people there too.
- Published: 11 11 2019
- Last updated: 10 11 2019
Thousands of people from all across the country gathered at the National Memorial Arboretum in Burton yesterday.
It was to honour all of those who have, or are, serving in our armed forces.
Those we spoke to say it was a “beautiful” service and they were pleased to see so many young people there, keeping the tradition alive.
One mother told us she brings her young children every year. She said “Remembrance is so important so I want to educate the kids”.
The ceremony was opened by a performance from The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas. A choir from Foremarke Hall School also sang at the opening of the ceremony.
After the service, the band, veterans and scouts paraded through the grounds of the Arboretum. Spectators were then treated to a Spitfire flying overhead.
Last year marked the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, which is always commemorated on the Sunday closest to 11th November.
This year’s service placed the emphasis on all wars and some of the speeches were dedicated to those countries who fought as part of the Commonwealth.
You can see more photos and videos of the event on our Twitter page.
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