Remembrance Sunday 2022

Shot at Dawn

Visitors are advised that the Shot at Dawn Memorial will close to the public on Monday 6 May. The memorial will undergo restoration and will be closed for approximately six weeks whilst these works take place. Free Shot at Dawn Talks will continue to take place daily at 12.30pm and 1.30pm in the Millennium Chapel, please ask at the Welcome Desk for more information. Visit our Shot at Dawn Restoration Appeal to find out more and donate.

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Earlier today, thousands of veterans, serving personnel and members of the public eager to pay their respects, gathered together at the base of the Armed Forces Memorial for our annual Remembrance Sunday Service to pay tribute to those who gave their lives in service of our country. 

Following a welcome by Arboretum Lead Mark Ellis, the Service of Remembrance was led by The Venerable Dr Susan Weller, Archdeacon of Lichfield. 

During the service, Grace Bennett, one of our Queen’s volunteer medal recipients, read ‘Floral Tribute’ written by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage in tribute to Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

The Exhortation was delivered by Anny Reid OBE ARRC, Chair of the National Memorial Arboretum and Trustee of the Royal British Legion, and the Kohima Epitaph was read by Tony Matthews, Chairman of the RBL National Memorial Arboretum Branch. 


The musical interlude during the wreath laying was performed by The Band of the Prince of Wales. With a choral accompaniment provided by Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir.