The Queen officially unveiled the new national Armed Forces Memorial today, designed by Liam O’Connor.
Located in Alrewas, Staffordshire, the £6 million monument bears the names of 16,000 service personnel who have died since the Second World War.
Honouring all those killed in combat, training, and terrorist acts, the stone circle has room for 15,000 more names and, according to Prince Charles, would provide a ‘fitting recognition of all those killed on duty since the Second World War’.
Made of Portland stone, O’Connor’s memorial was also described by the military’s most senior officer, Air Chief Marshall Jock Stirrup, as a reminder of the sacrifices made by the armed forces.
Speaking on BBC Radio Four’s Today programme, Stirrup said: ‘I think there is no doubt that the British public is extremely proud of its armed forces.
‘It is equally important that the public understand and support the armed forces, not just in themselves, but in what they do.’
The memorial opens to the public on 29 October.