Posted by

Craig Woodhouse

26 Jan 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans for the £1 million tribute in November last year, and former Chief of the Defence Staff Lord Stirrup is heading a charity to bring it to fruition.

With a theme of “Duty and Service” it will honour the efforts of all those who served in the countries over more than a decade of conflict.

More than 220,000 troops and thousands more civilians saw action, with 632 servicemen paying the ultimate price.

The new central London monument will stand alongside the likes of the Cenotaph and Battle of Britain memorial to educate future generations about their forefathers’ sacrifices.

It has won the backing of military charities, leading politicians and the families of fallen heroes.

Fundraising is taking place in association with The Sun newspaper, with firms asked to contact Political Correspondent Craig Woodhouse (craig.woodhouse@news.co.uk, 07881 874058) to make a donation.

Encouraging bosses to dig deep, Lord Stirrup said: “The planned memorial will commemorate all those – military and civilian – who served this country in Iraq and Afghanistan over recent years and who sacrificed so much in the name of duty.

“Their courage and professionalism under the most difficult and dangerous conditions deserve our utmost respect and I encourage you to support this appeal accordingly.”

Mr Cameron added: “British troops have fought with great courage in Iraq and Afghanistan to defend and secure our freedoms.
“We must never forget their sacrifice and I believe that we should mark their service with a new national memorial.”

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