New Armed Forces memorial opened today

The new Armed Forces memorial was opened today by Her Majesty The Queen.

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This is a very significant event as this is the first national memorial to commemorate all those who have died in service since 1 January 1948.  As well as remembering those killed in conflict, it also lists the many servicemen and women who have died while on duty or been killed by terrorist action.  This means that many of those whose names are carved onto this memorial will not be listed on any other UK war memorial. 

Just this morning I answered an enquiry from a gentleman who wanted to know whether his brother (a submariner who died in a training accident in the 1950s) would be on the memorial.  I was able to use the online Roll of Honour to confirm that he is indeed listed.

The memorial is also very large and visually striking and will undoubtedly play a major role in remembrance acitvities for many years to come.

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