Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial unveiled by the Queen
The new memorial honours both military personnel and civilians involved in the Middle Eastern conflicts.
The new memorial was unveiled in Victoria Embankment Gardens in Westminster, following a service of dedication on Horse Guards Parade attended by around 2,500 invited guests.
The guests were representatives of the many groups – military and civilian - whose efforts over a 25-year period in Iraq and Afghanistan are recognised, including current Service personnel, veterans, civil servants and charity workers.
What the memorial means to our beneficiaries
After the unveiling, The Royal British Legion co-hosted a reception for selected guests including Legion beneficiaries. They were joined by HM The Queen, other members of the Royal Family and Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon.
Sir Michael Fallon said: “The memorial will stand as a permanent reminder of the contribution and sacrifice that so many members of our Armed Forces, aid workers and civilian personnel made towards the security of the United Kingdom and the interests of Iraq and Afghanistan. Their efforts underline our on-going commitment to support the people of this region in building a more stable future, which will help keep Britain safer and more secure.”
The distinctive memorial has been designed by sculptor Paul Day and gives equal prominence to the civilian and military contributions. It consists of two large stone monoliths supporting a bronze medallion. The two-sided medallion has sculpted reliefs depicting the memorial’s theme of ‘duty and service’.
The Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial is now open to the public in the Victoria Embankment Gardens.