Who we are

The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. It is a living and lasting memorial.

It commemorates and celebrates those who have given their lives in the service of their country, all who have served and suffered as a result of conflict, and others who, for specific or appropriate reasons, are commemorated here.

The Arboretum is a charity run by staff and volunteers, and part of The Royal British Legion family. We receive around 300,000 visitors a year, including Service personnel, veterans, students of all ages, and groups.

There are over 200 special events held here each year. The Act of Remembrance, including a Silence, is observed daily in the Millennium Chapel.

The Arboretum is home to the striking Armed Forces Memorial which commemorates those who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorism from the end of the Second World War to the current conflict in Afghanistan.


"I visited the National Memorial Arboretum with a friend visiting from America. We were both very impressed, and much moved.
The Arboretum is a wonderful memorial to our Nation's fallen and gives us, the casual visitor, a chance to pay our respects again.
I look forward to returning."

Adrian Rayson

Poppies by the Armed Forces Memorial