Remembering their sacrifice - National Memorial Arboretum
Image: National Memorial Arboretum
The Armed Forces Memorial will be dedicated in the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire, today.
Uniquely, "the Armed Forces Memorial, is the first national memorial that remembers all members of HM Armed Forces, both Regular and Reserve, whether by killed on duty, by terrorist action, in training accidents, or any other activity connected with serving in the Armed Forces. It also includes members of the Merchant Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary killed in conflict zones when in direct support of the Armed Forces."
The memorial was designed by Liam O'Connor, an old acquaintance of Catherine's. She said he has always been intensely absorbed by architecture. The bronze sculptures within were created by Ian Rank-Broadley, who also created the effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II, which appears on all UK and Commonwealth coinage.
The National Memorial Arboretum spans 150 peaceful acres. Without the heroic efforts of the Armed Services we would have no peace, and no freedom.
The memorial will be dedicated in the presence of The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
UPDATE: A report on the very moving proceedings is here. The Queen and Royal Family were joined by 2,000 family members of those remembered.
The public, many of them readers of the Sun and the Daily Mail, paid for the memorial.
"They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."