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 National Memorial Arboretum is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities. We are visited by around 300,000 visitors per year, including Service personal, veterans, student of all ages and groups.

The Arboretum’s operations are governed by a group of trustees, who are supported by a team of 50 staff and over 200 volunteers.  

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