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National Memorial Arboretum ready for millionth visitor

Armed Forces Memorial

The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is ready to receive its millionth visitor since opening in 2001.

The Royal British Legion said the re-dedication of the Basra Memorial Wall and the centrepiece Armed Forces Memorial had helped numbers rise.

Visitor numbers to the site, near Alrewas, are now around 300,000 a year.

The millionth visitor will receive a VIP tour and membership of the Arboretum Friends group.

'Honour'

Arboretum chief executive, Charlie Bagot Jewitt, said: "In less than a decade the Arboretum has come a long way.

"Our staff and volunteers have put in a huge amount of effort to get us this far and we did not want this milestone to pass by unnoticed.

"We've kept an accurate record of visitor numbers from day one and look forward to being able to confer the honour of being the millionth person through the door on an unsuspecting visitor."

The Arboretum features 50,000 maturing trees and 160 memorials.

It commemorates personnel killed on duty or as a result of terrorism, from the end of the Second World War to the conflict in Afghanistan.



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