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A Moving Spectacle As 20,000 Bikers Pay Tribute To Fallen
Thousands of motorcyclists from all over the country rode to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to pay their own spectacular tribute to armed forces personnel who have died during the last 70 years.
The convoy of flag-bearing motorbikes arrive on site
Now in its 8th year, the ride to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, and the service of Remembrance that follows, is a moving tribute to the 16,000 servicemen and women named on the Armed Forces Memorial wall since the end of World War Two.
Entertainment was provided throughout the day, including Lichfield Rock Choir, The Band of The Rifles, and performances by the Royal Signals White Helmets display team, with giant screens erected either side of the Armed Forces Memorial.
The Band of The Rifles performing in front of the Armed Forces Memorial
The site is now home to some 50,000 trees covering 150 acres, as well as more than 300 dedicated memorials, with the number continuing to grow every year.
The Arboretum is visited by around 300,000 visitors a year, with the main focus of attention being the Armed Forces Memorial wall, which commemorates those who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorism from the end of World War Two to the conflict in Afghanistan.
There is also the Basra Memorial Wall from Iraq and the recent addition of the Camp Bastion Wall from Afghanistan.
But the focus isn't totally military, with a large area devoted to police officers who have fallen while on duty, as well as other areas devoted to the fire and rescue and ambulance services, and national charities.