A memorial to commemorate the work of the Friends Ambulance Unit and the Friends Relief Service has been built at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire.

It presents the Religious Society of Friends and what Quakers stand for to millions of people in the UK and abroad, and provides a space for reflection and silent worship.

Its simple structure in stone brings to mind a meeting for worship. The circular seating serves as a setting for contemplation and expresses our vision of reconciliation in times of conflict. Wording carved on the seats illustrates Friends’ commitment and witness to peace.

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International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace,both within and among all nations and peoples.

To mark this day Friends from area meetings across the Midlands and North WestInternational Day of Peace 2014 at NMA   held a Meeting for Worship at the Quaker service memorial which is located at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

QSMT wishes to make contact with as many surviving FAU and FRS members or their families as possible. The trust has contact already with a number of families but there are more we have not heard from.

Thursday 15 May,2014 was Conscientious Objectors day.

A group of Friends from the Midlands met at the Quaker memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum to mark this day.

This teachers’ resource uses the service provided by Quakers as an example through which to explore the wider issues of humanitarianism, refugee assistance, pacifism and peace. The resources are free. Our Education page gives further details.