~ VISITING THE MEMORIAL ~
Photo August 2013 - a few weeks after the dedication
Your act of remembrance will
ensure that the great achievements of an earlier generation are not
forgotten by their descendants who daily benefit from their
courage and sacrifice.
The memorial is
in the grounds of the National Memorial Arboretum which is 27 miles NNE of
Birmingham. It was
constructed in early 2013 and is, inevitably, beginning to show its age.
Over the next year, we will ensure it's restored to its former glory in
good time for the 75th anniversary of D Day in June 2019.
[Map courtesy of Google Map
If you'd like to delve more deeply into the history of the
project or to see a photographic record of the memorial's design,
development, construction and dedication, please visit the
Memorial Index page.
I do hope you
enjoy your visit and if you wish to provide feedback we'll be very pleased
to hear from you.
Have a nice day!
Preparing for Your Visit ~
Memorial Arboretum (NMA) is a special place of remembrance for an ever increasing number of people and a fascinating destination for
everyone. If you've not been before, check out what
facilities, information and help are available to get the most from your
You'll find up to date information on the NMA
[Aerial view of the NMA, courtesy of Google Earth.]
The Combined Operations Memorial is a good 10 minute walk from the
visitor centre but, for the less ambulant, there are electric scooters,
wheelchairs (recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment) and golf style
The memorial is located in a tranquil corner of the Arboretum down
by the River Tame where there are several wooden benches nearby, some
of which are in the photo at the top of this page. The lovely open
view of the River Tame and its wildlife, is,
on a nice day, an ideal setting for a picnic or a place
for quiet reflection. However, there's not much shelter in the area,
so it's advisable to go prepared if the weather forecast is poor.
delighted to report that in early October 2018, the memorial was
looking much better than it has for a number of years largely as a
result of the recent cleaning and grouting of the paved area and the
erection of a new, improved information display, which looks as good
as new after a year in the open. However, the grass was in need of
some TLC to remove weeds and encourage more luscious growth in the
spring of 2019 and the Sitka spruce tree looked sickly, perhaps
because of the drought conditions in the summer. Both concerns have
been reported to the Arboretum grounds team. The tall strip of nettles
along the riverside in the vicinity of the memorial, has been cut back
to once more open up a lovely vista of the river and its wildlife. On
a nice day, it's a lovely place to linger for a while on nearby seats
For over two years
after the dedication ceremony in July 2013, our small band of
dedicated volunteers maintained the memorial to a good standard.
However, early in 2016, due to changes in the personal circumstances
of some volunteers, we were unable to continue.
We're now very much dependent on the NMA authorities for keeping the
memorial and its surroundings in good shape. The remaining members of
our maintenance volunteers continue to undertake
monitoring visits but your feedback, be it praiseworthy,
critical or neutral, will be warmly welcomed and greatly appreciated
your comments and photos (if any) from your mobile device, camera
or computer to
. Close-ups of anything of concern and general views, will be most