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Posted on November 02 2005 at 11:07:23

Veterans and pupils

Youngsters from Alvechurch Middle School had the chance to learn more about wartime events on a recent trip to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire.

Accompanied by 20 members of the Alvechurch Ex-Services Association, a group of pupils and teachers made the visit to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, after the association applied for a lottery grant to help them organise a series of commemorative events.

Arthur Pearsall, Chairman of the association, explained: “We decided to ensure the new generation would have some knowledge of the events which the wartime generation experienced.”
The group attended a service in the site’s chapel and were taken on a tour of the various commemoration areas by arboretum education staff.

During a “British Restaurant”-style meal of bangers and mash, steamed pud and custard, the children talked to the veterans about what they had seen and the reasons for remembering.

Arthur added: “As always, we were most impressed by the children’s manners and behaviour, and the NMA staff also remarked upon this. They are a credit to their school.”

Above: Arthur Pearsall (Royal Military Police – served in Korea) and Ron Jones (King’s Shropshire Light Infantry – a veteran of the D-Day landings) with pupils.

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