Today, our citizens of tomorrow salute all our yesterdays
While I’m a firm believer that the future depends on what we do today, nothing could fit more closely to that maxim than the recent invention of Staffordshire Young Police Cadets Service.
So it more than fitting that the Cannock unit of cadets has forged a unique link with the National Memorial Arboretum – a living tribute set up to forever acknowledge the personal sacrifices made by the Armed Forces and civil services of this country.
The arboretum is the location of the Armed Forces Memorial and to allow the Royal British Legion to use the site as the focus for the nation’s year-round remembrance.
The Millennium Chapel of Peace and Forgiveness is a central part of the site and was created to offer a place of tranquillity and reflection to people of every faith or none.
The cadets visited the 150-acre site at Alrewas – opened in 2001 – along with Staffordshire’s assistant chief constable Julian Blazeby, Staffordshire Police And Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis and myself as the county’s deputy commissioner.
Importantly, the focus isn’t totally military as some of the memorials are dedicated to police officers plus fire and rescue and ambulance service personnel who have fallen while on duty.
For the cadets and the National Memorial Arboretum, it’s definitely a case of ‘today, our citizens of tomorrow salute those who yesterday made the supreme sacrifice’.