Sunday, 8 June 2014

Great Wyrley's visit to the National Memorial Arboretum-by Ryan Gardner & Lalita Bhatia

We went to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas to commemorate those who lost their lives in the war. Around 29 of Year 9s and 10s visited because it’s been a century since First World War began. We walked around the Arboretum and visited many memorials of names of endless soldiers who died in the many wars we’ve had.
The memorials were trees or plaques but one in particular was of a numerous posts where soldiers were tied to and then shot. This was their punishment for apparently deserting their post and were killed for ‘cowardice’. Many were suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, known as ‘Shell-Shock’ back then, and many not even old enough to be part of the army. This made you feel a big wave of sympathy for the men, no older than us, who thought the army would be a ‘big adventure’ but instead their lives came to a sudden end.

The visit made me understand just how many people die because of warfare and how many different memorials there are.
By Ryan Gardner

Going to the Arboretum made me feel sad because it makes you realise how many people actually died, it actually makes you realise how lucky we are.
By Lalita Bhatia


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