The Duke of Cambridge officially opened the Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum today. His Royal Highness is Patron of the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal, which has funded the construction of the new £15.7 million Remembrance Centre. Today he met with veterans, volunteers, schoolchildren and the design team at today’s milestone event.
The Duke said: “The National Memorial Arboretum honours and remembers those men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of this country. This is a place for special memories, many of them sad, but hopefully, many of them happy too. We all have an important job to do in keeping these memories alive for future generations and this new Remembrance Centre will play a significant role in that duty.”
During today’s event, sincere thanks were offered to Major General Patrick Cordingley, Chair of the Appeal Council, and the entire project team, for their tireless work over several years. Lt Col David Whimpenny, Chairman of the National Memorial Arboretum board, said: “Visitors to the new exhibition have all commented on the remarkable experience, with the immersive film in The Drum and the chance to record personal stories in the Memory Booth being particular engaging.”
The Remembrance Centre encourages visitors to embark on an inspiring journey of discovery. His Royal Highness visited a key part of the centre, the Landscapes of Life exhibition, where he was shown around the numerous interactive elements by groups of schoolchildren. His Royal Highness then unveiled a commemorative plaque and met veterans from each of the Services in the new Heroes’ Square.