Armed Forces Memorial, National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire, U.K.
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N 52° 43.653 W 001° 43.686
30U E 585892 N 5842722
Quick Description: The Armed Forces Memorial is the first national memorial dedicated to the men and women of the United Kingdom Armed Forces (Regular and Reserve) killed on duty or as a result of terrorist action since the Second World War.
Location: United Kingdom
Date Posted: 2/3/2008 9:46:11 AM
Waymark Code: WM33BH
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member "Paws"itraction
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Long Description:
This stunning memorial contains the names of 16,000 Service men and women killed on duty or by terrorist action since the end of the Second World War, engraved in stone around its walls. Designed by Liam O'Connor, the Memorial is a magnificent piece of architecture in its own right. It embraces a peaceful setting with space for families and friends to remember their loved ones. The sculptural elements are by Ian Rank-Broadley.

For further information on the Memorial, including the location of names on the Roll of Honour, visit the Armed Forces Memorial website.
http://www.forcesmemorial.org.uk/

The Armed Forces Memorial (AFM) is now open so that relatives of those commemorated, and members of the public, can view the Memorial. Each year it will be the centre of Remembrance services at the Arboretum. It has been designed so that the sun will shine on the central wreath sculpture at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Type of Memorial: Multi-War Memorial

In Honor Of: The men and women of the armed forces killed on duty since the second world war

Marker Text:
On the walls: At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day We will remember them today tomorrow forever This foundation stone was laid by H.M. Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire James Hawley TD JP 23 January 2007 The Armed Forces Memorial was dedicated in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen 12 October 2007 On the obelisk: They died serving their country we will remember them


Date of dedication: The Memorial was dedicated on Friday 12 October 2007 in a service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and attended by Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Who Put it Here?: The Armed Forces Memorial Appeal. Patron HRH The Prince of Wales.

Description of Memorial:
This stunning memorial is within a much larger memorial park. The National Memorial Arboretum comprises 150 acres of trees and memorials devoted to the concept of Remembrance. Set within the National Forest of Staffordshire, near Lichfield, it was established in 1997, on former gravel and sand pits gifted from Lafarge Aggregates. It already contains 130 memorials of national significance.
It is a beautiful place that will only become more so given the passage of time. The trees are new and will add grandeur as they grow.


Wars mentioned (Multi-war only): Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Visited Logs must contain, at least, a picture of the monument and your GPSr. Preferably YOU at the monument with your GPSr, but we understand that some people are camera-shy.
It is suggested you please include something about your visit here, as well.
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