Iraq and Afghanistan memorial to mark 25 years of war

Cheryl Sanders
March 10, 2017

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles at the unveiling ceremony of the Iraq and Afghanistan War Memorial in London on Thursday.

Costing one million pounds ($1.22 million) and funded by public donations, the sculpture was unveiled following a sombre service for 2,500 veterans and guests, including all Britain's senior royals.

Gerry Cartwright, 64, from Clapham, south London, whose son James, 21, a lance corporal with the 2nd Royal...

But Mrs Rayner said the offer was "too little, too late".

Victoria Bateman, from Colchester, attended having answered an email from the Army Widows" Association, but described the belated invitation to other bereaved families as "a bit of a slap in the face'.

He said: "Literally hundreds of thousands of British military personnel and United Kingdom civilian citizens served this country in all sorts of various ways in support of those campaigns and we felt that it was extremely important that the way they had conducted themselves, carried out their duties and the service they had given to the nation was honoured and commemorated".

The memorial comprised of two white monoliths and a central bronze medallion to commemorate those who served in both armed conflicts, Efe news reported.

The queen's grandson Prince Harry, who himself served two tours in Afghanistan, read a passage from the bible while other guests included former Prime Ministers John Major and Tony Blair, the British leaders during the conflicts.

"It's a permanent reminder now of the contribution of so many British to Iraq and Afghanistan over that long period of 25 years", said the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.

But he said Philip questioned the words on the two stone blocks like Duty and Service, saying they could be made darker.

The artist went on to say: "I'm not sure, I quite like the subtlety of the lettering with just the natural light casting shadow".

She said: "People have children, responsibilities, jobs".

Other reports by iNewsToday