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

Read more from BBC NEWS

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.


The floods over the summer have caused serious damage to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire.  Over 1000 trees have died after being submersed in flood waters and will now need to be replaced.

Flood damage has also delayed work on the new Armed Forces Memorial which will now not be completely finished for its opening by Her Majesty The Queen on 12 October.

Read more from BBC NEWS or watch video from BBC.

The Armed Forces Memorial, is a new memorial currently being constructed at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire.  It is due to be complete by Autumn 2007 and will be the only memorial that lists the names of all 16,000 servicemen and women killed on duty or by terrorist action since the end of the Second World War.

On the Armed Forces Memorial website you can view some  photos of the construction of the memorial and sculptures.