Busi­ness­men se­cure reg­i­men­tal memo­rial

Work will be placed per­ma­nently in ar­bore­tum

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Kaiya Mar­jorib­anks

Scot­tish ser­vice­men are be­ing hon­oured with a new mo­nun­ment at the Na­tional Memo­rial Ar­bore­tum thanks to the ef­forts of Stir­ling men.

A Royal Reg­i­ment of Scot­land com­mem­o­ra­tive stone has been cre­ated and con­structed by busi­nesse­men Andy Ward of Qual­ity Work­tops in Springk­erse and Bill McDon­ald of For­get Thee Not Memo­ri­als in St Nini­ans.

Bill’s 16-year-old son Josh also helped to de­sign the memo­rial and carry out some of the work.

A cer­e­mony was held in Stir­ling to un­veil the stone which will even­tu­ally be sited in the Ar­bore­tum to com­ple­ment and clar­ify the sig­nif­i­cance trees al­ready planted there in com­mem­o­ra­tion.

It is en­scribed with the words: “This stone of Scot­tish gran­ite, to­gether with the stand of Scots pines be­hind it, com­mem­o­rates all those who have served since 1945, and es­pe­cially those killed or who have died in op­er­a­tional the­atres, in The Royal Reg­i­ment of Scot­land and its An­tecedent Reg­i­ments - The Royal Scots, The Royal High­land Fusiliers, The King’s Own Scot­tish Border­ers, The Black Watch, The High­landers, The Ar­gyll and Suther­land High­landers, 52nd Low­land Reg­i­ment and 51st High­land Reg­i­ment, Queen’s Own High­landers, The Gor­don High­landers, The Camero­ni­ans, Seaforth High­landers, The Queen’s Own Cameron High­landers, The Royal Scots Fusiliers and The High­land Light In­fantry.”

Sit­u­ated in Stafford­shire on the edge of the Na­tional For­est, the Ar­bore­tum is the UK’s year-round cen­tre of Remembrance. The ma­tur­ing wood­land land­scape is home to over 330 memo­ri­als which hon­ours the fallen, recog­nises ser­vice and sac­ri­fice, and fos­ters pride in the na­tion.

The idea for the Ar­bore­tum was con­ceived by David Childs in 1988. He be­lieved that it would form a liv­ing trib­ute to ser­vice men and women for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to re­flect upon and en­joy. The Ar­bore­tum was of­fi­cially opened in 2001. It is a reg­is­tered char­ity and is part of The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion fam­ily of char­i­ties.

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