The Daily Mail is proud to be to associated with the Armed Forces Memorial Appeal. Their task is to provide a National Monument of beauty, meaning and substance, to act as a lasting Memorial to the men and women of the United Kingdom Armed Forces who have lost their lives while on duty or as a result of terrorism since the Second World War.
It is widely accepted that there is insufficient recognition of the men and women of our Armed Forces who have given their lives in the service of their country since the end of the Second World War.
Following a period of extensive consultation with the Services and ex-Services community it was concluded that a new national memorial should be constructed – to be known as the Armed Forces Memorial.
The Armed Forces Memorial will not be a traditional ‘war memorial’ that only remembers those killed in conflict. It will also recognise the many servicemen and women who have given their lives while on duty and those killed by terrorist action. The Memorial will also help to raise awareness of the invaluable contribution made by the Armed Forces throughout the world. The Memorial will be located at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire where there are already a number of Service-related memorials.
Since World War II, British soldiers have been killed in one conflict or another every single year except 1968. The Armed Forces memorial will open in 2007.
Portrait of the Armed Forces Memorial
By MICHAEL SEAMARK
1st November 2006
The giant circle of portland stone will stand atop a grassy mound in acres of quiet woodland.
At exactly 11am on November 11 - just as the country falls silent - a carefully-placed slit in one wall will allow a beam of sunlight to shine across a central plaque.
The Armed Forces Memorial will provide a fitting monument to the thousands of British servicemen and women who have died on duty since the Second World War.
How the memorial to all the British servicemen and women who have died in conflicts around the world will look. How the memorial to all the British servicemen and women who have died in conflicts around the world will look. At 11am on 11/11, sunlight will shine through a slit in the wall and through through the symbolic open door represented in the South Wall structure with a soldier holding it open and his comrades preparing to take a mortally wounded soldier through it. After going through the slit and the doorway, the sunlight will shine on the central seat of the monument.
Nearly 16,000 British soldiers, sailors and airmen in countles conflicts around the globe have lost their lives since the official end of hostilities in 1945.
Not a year has passed when a member of the Armed Forces has not paid the ultimate price.
The vast majority of those killed in acts of war, accidents, peacekeeping or humanitarian operations and terrorism have never been formally honoured.
The new memorial will provide a national focus to recognise and commemorate those killed serving their country and the names of every serviceman and woman will be individually carved in stone on the biggest national monument built for several generations.
The decision to recognise their sacrifice with a single national memorial was announced six years ago and will cost £7 million.
Around £3 million has already been raised - £1.5 million coming from the Treasury via proceeds of a coin celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and a similar amount from donations.
The daughter of an army officer, who died before his child was born, took part in a turf-cutting ceremony three months ago to mark the start of building work.
Jill McLachlan was pregnant with her second child when her husband Corporal Robin McLachlan was killed in a motorbike accident while stationed in Germany in 2003.
He never knew his youngest daughter Kirsty, now two, but she helped lift the first sod for the memorial that will bear his name.
The list of names will consist of all servicemen and women who have been 'killed on duty', including during training, on exercises and from terrorist action, as well as in combat operations.
Members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Merchant Navy who died in conflict zones while in direct support of the Armed Forces will also be included.
It will make the memorial unique because others established both in this country and abroad commemorate specific wars.
The Cenotaph in London commemorates those who lost their lives in the two world wars, although since 1980 the annual service of remembrance has been extended to include those who were killed in subsequent conflicts.
The new memorial, designed by architect Liam O'Connor, will comprise a 140ft diameter circle of stone 15ft high on a mound next to the River Trent within the 150-acre National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield, Staffordshire.
At the heart of the memorial will be two bronze sculptures by Ian Rank-Broadley.
The names of each of the 16,000 servicemen and women will be carved in chronological order into the white Portland stone monument.
There will also be a memorial, without names, in the South Cloister of Westminster Abbey and Rolls of Honour in the Church of St Martins-in-the-Fields for the Royal Navy and the Chapel of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, for the Army.
They will be similar to the existing Rolls of Honour for the Royal Air Force kept in the Church of St Clement Danes in the Strand and will record the names of those who have died in service, regardless of the cause.
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