The service to rededicate the Basra Memorial Wall, the monument to the 178 UK Service personnel and one MoD civilian who lost their lives on Operation TELIC in Iraq, will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on Thursday, 11th March 2010.
The Memorial Wall was built by soldiers for soldiers at their base in Basra during the war in Iraq. It took a hard-fought campaign by the families of the Fallen to bring the Memorial home. It is fitting that the Memorial has now been re-erected by soldiers in the Armed Forces Memorial grounds at Arlewas in the heart of the country.
Chief Executive of the National Memorial Arboretum, Charlie Bagot Jewitt, said: "Many of our memorials provide a way for the nation to acknowledge its fallen men and women. The Basra Memorial Wall is different, as it was conceived, built and maintained by the colleagues of those that died. As a result, it has assumed an even greater poignancy. The Arboretum will be a fitting home for the wall."
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