Y6 Remembrance A visit to the national memorial arboretum

The children from Year 6 visited The National Memorial Arboretum on Thursday 16th November. The arboretum has been developed on the site of an old quarry and is a place of remembrance

We are all eager to explore the arboretum

World War One ended at 11 o'clock on the 11th of November 1918. Poppies grew in the muddy fields left behind after the fighting:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row.....

The poppy is The Royal British Legion's symbol of remembrance

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal helps to raise money to look after those whose lives have been affected by war. We learned how poppies are made. We tried to assemble poppies with our eyes closed, or with just one hand. These are challenges which many injured service men have to face every day.

We learned about poppies

It was very hard to assemble a poppy with just one arm, or with our eyes closed

We showed resilience and were successful in the end

Afterwards, we explored some of the memorials in the arboretum. At school, we had painted special stones and laid these on The Royal Mail memorial.

We left special messages on our painted stones.
The letter box was damaged during The Blitz
Placing our remembrance stones

We saw a memorial to a Staffordshire soldier who had received the Victoria Cross for incredible bravery.

Corporal W.H. Coltman V.C
We visited the British Limbless Ex Service Men's Association Garden (BLESMA). This was a garden designed for people who have lost limbs to enjoy. The apple trees are special low growing trees (dwarf apple trees) and there are also lots of plants to touch - thinking of people who may have lost their sight.
Lots of plants to feel
Dwarf apple trees
The National Memorial

We spent time at the National Memorial and saw the names of those who had lost their lives from our armed forces. The names have been carved into the stone.

The weather was kind for most of the day.
At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month hour, the sun shines through.

We learned about the Bevin Boys. Every tenth person who joined up to fight in World War Two, was ordered to go and work in the coal mines, to keep the factories working.

The memorial to the World War Two Bevin Boys
We visited the Gallipoli Garden. This has been designed to help us to remember the terrible suffering which took place in Gallipoli, which is in Turkey, during World War One. The 9 trees represent the nine countries involved. The trees represent the soldiers calling for help as they were left stranded on the beach.
The nine trees represent the soldiers from the nine countries involved in the Gallipoli Campaign 1915.

There were so many memorials to see:

Some more images from the arboretum
We took part in our own service of remembrance
We SHALL remember them
We visited the memorial to The Land Girls. During The Second World War (1939 -1945) the men had gone away to fight, and so it was left to the ladies to do the jobs which the men had previously been doing. Find the rat on the memorial- think why rats were called 'Hitler's Little Helpers" during the war.
Can you spot "Hitler's Little Helper?"
"Hitlers Little Helper"
The Land Girls Memorial

A day full of memories!

Created By
Sandford Hill


Created with images by Milos Tonchevski - "Poppies"

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