Monday, 2 February 2009

Basra Memorial is coming home

Bob Ainsworth, Secretary of State for the Armed Forces, has confirmed that the Basra Memorial will be brought home to the UK in advance of the British forces' withdrawal from Iraq.
This is a great victory for the families of those members of the Armed Forces who were killed in Iraq because at one time the Government was intending to leave the Memorial to an uncertain fate in Basra.
But the campaign by the families of the fallen, led in particular by Carol and Ray Jones and Victoria and Brian Tanswell, whose sons John and Tom were killed fighting for their country in Iraq, has convinced the Government that this memorial belongs back home in the UK.

The Basra Memorial is a wall of plaques, each one engraved with the name and regiment of all those British service personnel who have lost their lives in Iraq. The plaques have been set up by soldiers for soldiers to honour and immortalise their fallen comrades.

The families would like the Basra Memorial to be re-erected in the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire, close to the new Armed Forces Memorial and this wish also has ministerial approval.

Congratulations to all those who had to fight so hard to have this memorial to their sons and daughters brought home where it belongs and where it will for ever pay testimony to the sacrifices that have been made for us.