The National Arboretum Memorial, Staffordshire.
The idea of a site, where the theme could be remembrance, was that of Leonard Cheshire. Not only those who have served their country in various conflicts since 1945 are commemorated there,but also other organisations have been allocated areas for remembrance e.g the Freemasons, Rotary etc.
The Memorial in Staffordshire is located near Tamworth and Burton-upon-Trent. As its name suggests various trees native to all parts of the world have been planted on this spectacular site.
Among the many outstanding features are The Semi-Circular Armed Forces Memorial, which has engraved on it well known names such as Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Colonel “H” Jones( killed at Tumbledown in the Falklands) and Private Gordon Gentle, and the Basra Wall. The Wall was originally located in Basra, Iraq and is covered with remembrance brass plaques.
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Staffordshire raised funds in order to create its own Garden of Remembrance. The centre of the Garden resembles a Masonic carpet on which there a Rough Ashlar and a Perfect Ashlar.