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Memory set in stone

Posted on November 03 2005 at 10:56:23

Memorial stone

The Chairman of Alvechurch Ex-Services Association, Arthur Pearsall, explains why the Commemorative Stone recently laid at Bear Hill is so important.

Veterans decided in early 2004 that they would provide a permanent reminder in the village to the men and women who have served, and are still serving their country, not only the armed forces but also to recognise the civilian services.

St Laurence Church has memorials to WWI and WWII servicemen who gave their lives, so it was decided to provide a Commemorative Stone as a reminder not only of those who served in the World Wars but also to those villagers who have served in such places as Suez, Palestine, Aden, Cyprus, Malaya, Korea, Ulster, and more recently the Gulf and Iraq.

Not forgotten are those who served in the UK, as where one served was often a lottery with no choice.

The inscription on the stone reflects veterans’ thoughts and reminds us particularly of comrades who did not return.

The funds for the cost of the Stone and its installation were raised by veterans and supporters, all of whom were anxious to have the Stone in place during this 60th anniversary of WWII, so as to provide a permanent reminder of the debt owed to the servicemen and women.

The asssociation wishes to acknowledge the help and assistance given by the mason entrusted with the work, Andrew Pullen of Burcot Forge.

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