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Students to learn about WW2 at festival event
A youth festival is taking place in Staffordshire this summer with the emphasis on paying tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Second World War. The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, near Lichfield, has announced it is to hold the Remember Together Youth Festival 2019, which will comprise of a series of one day learning events organised in partnership with The Royal British Legion. The event, which takes place between July 8 and 12, builds on the success of the Thank You Youth Festival in 2018 that provided a forum for young people to say thank you to the First World War generation. The Remember Together Youth Festival 2019 will focus on the Second World War and how the alliance forged between Britain, the Commonwealth, the United States and the free armies of Europe liberated Europe from Nazi rule following decisive victories in Normandy, Italy, and the Far East.
The free event will facilitate the participation of Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students in a wide range of Second World War-themed, cross-curricular activities, culminating in a collective Act of Remembrance at the end of each day. Students will have the opportunity to experience a variety of activities, including guided tours, self-led activities, and facilitated workshops. Each school will be given a bespoke programme of activities for its students. Activity sessions will last 60 minutes and there will be scheduled breaks and lunch slots throughout the day. Schools are advised to bring packed lunches to take advantage of the Arboretum's stunning grounds during their lunch break. Coach bursaries are available from The Royal British Legion to support transportation of students to and from the Arboretum.
The parachute memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum
Aysha Afridi, Head of Heritage and Learning at the National Memorial Arboretum, said: "Remember Together 2019 expands on our Youth Festival concept, offering several days of cross-curricular activities, focused on the Second World War era. Our inaugural youth festival was a tremendous success, providing young people the opportunity to explore the importance of Remembrance while recognising the vast contributions of the First World War generation and the radical social and technological changes that took place in this significant period of British history. We're confident that Remember Together Youth Festival 2019 will build on this impressive foundation, delivering a fantastic programme of fulfilling and enriching activities for all participating students."