SERVICE in the SUEZ CANAL ZONE of EGYPT until 1956

The new Armed Forces Memorial
at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Near Lichfield, Staffordshire.

Engraved in stone around the walls of this stunning memorial are the names of 16,000 Service men and women killed on duty or by
terrorist action since the end of the Second World War.  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.

I thank Dick Woolley for supplying these photographs which were taken after the Remembrance Service and
Parade held
there on the 11th November 2007.  He realised many people are unaware of the size of the Memorial or how impressive it is, so
he sent these photos to me and suggested I should include a page on my website showing the Memorial, which I am pleased to do.
It is hoped to add,
at a later date, more photos which will give further views of the Memorial and its surroundings.

             Charlie Delta. 30th December 2007.   


View of the Memorial from the Arboretum grounds.

The main avenue leading to the Memorial.
 

Wreaths on the central plinth after the Remembrance Service.

It is designed with narrow slots in the outer and inner walls so that
at 11.00 on the morning of the 11th day of the 11th month the suns
rays shine through and a shaft of light lands on the central plinth.



A visitor reading the names on one of the walls.

Some of the names which are in year order from 1946 to the
present day and are listed under the different branches of the services.
Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force etc.




The two sculptures within the walls of the Memorial.


Leading to the main entrance of the Memorial.

View from the Memorial entrance to the far end.


View from the far end of the Memorial to the entrance.

View from the entrance steps looking toward the main buildings.
Chapel - Reception - Conference Centre - Restaurant - Shop - Gardens.
(With other memorials in view.)

The last four photos were taken on Sunday 6th January 2008, a nice day but chilly.

I hope these photos give you some idea of how impressive the new Memorial is and I can recommend a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum, not
only to see the Armed Forces Memorial but about 130 other memorials of National significance, (including our own Suez Veterans Memorial) and many
smaller ones.

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©  Charlie Delta.  30 December 2007