Representatives of Change Step joined more than 1,000 people at the official unveiling of a new memorial dedicated to the 47 British personnel killed during the Gulf War.
The new monument, at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, was dedicated by The Gulf War Memorial Trust to mark 25 years since the end of the conflict.
It features three pillars – one for each of the armed services – and paving stones carrying the names of the fallen, as well as a black granite engraving of the reverse of the Gulf War Medal. The sculpture also includes 48 poppies used at the 2015 Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall – one for each of the men killed in the liberation of Kuwait, plus another in recognition of all veterans of the war who have died since its conclusion.
Pay their respects
Change Step activities coordinator Ronnie Devlin was joined by peer mentor Jason Samuels, volunteers Heather Evans and James Lee Walls, and Adam Owen for the emotionally-charged ceremony.
Ronnie said it was a “great day”, with a special significance for Change Step staff, volunteers and service users who had taken an active role in the conflict.
It’s hoped visits more visits to the Arboretum can be arranged later in the year.
“We’d like to take as many people there as possible, to give everybody a chance to pay their respects,” Ronnie said.
Pictured left: detail from the memorial (top); Jason (l), Ronnie and Adam (r) at the dedication service
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