New NAAFI war memorial unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum
NAAFI, in partnership with the NEA, held a ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire today to mark the unveiling of our new memorial. Designed by sculptor Graeme Mitcheson, the memorial is dedicated to the 552 members of NAAFI who lost their lives supporting the Armed Forces during the Second World War. In NAAFI’s hundredth year, it serves as a fitting reminder of the sacrifices so many have made to protect our lives and freedoms.
Set in an inspirational landscape with some 25,000 trees, the National Memorial Arboretum opened 20 years ago and is a place where families, friends and veterans can celebrate lives lived and remember lives lost. The NAAFI memorial is the 400th to be dedicated at the site and it joins a diverse range of other memorials, from the Armed Forces to those honouring members of the emergency services and voluntary groups.
Steve Marshall, CEO, NAAFI commented: “During the war and in other times of conflict, NAAFI’s members have put their lives on the line, not by fighting, but by supporting the Armed Forces and it is so important we honour and remember them. At the heart of everything we do is serving Forces communities and we feel this memorial will remind them that NAAFI is and always will be there.”
To plan your visit to the NAAFI memorial, visit the National Memorial Arboretum website.