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21 Jul 08

Following a huge response from the British public, The Armed Forces Memorial has reached the finals of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards it was revealed today, Monday 21 July 2008.
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The Armed Forces Memorial, which forms part of the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield, has now entered the final stage for a prestigious award that recognises the nation's favourite Lottery-funded projects.

The Memorial, which received £2.4m of Lottery money, commemorates more than 16,000 service men and women who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorism since the end of the Second World War.

And now support is once again being sought from the thousands of people who previously voted, and from everyone else who would like to see the Memorial scoop the highest accolade.

Sir Henry Every Bt, spokesman for the campaign to secure the award for the Armed Forces Memorial, said:

"We are incredibly grateful to the many thousands of people all over the country and many overseas that have voted for us already. However, the tally of votes has now been reset to zero and once again we need their full and active support."

The Armed Forces Memorial is a place where families and friends come throughout the year to mourn, remember and celebrate their loved ones, and a poignant reminder to us all of the continuing cost of the democracy and freedom we enjoy:

"Winning the award will help us to further commemorate the brave service people who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country," added Sir Henry. "It will also help acknowledge the suffering of the families and loved ones left behind, including those affected by current conflicts."

Tricia Wall, from Nottingham, lost her husband, Company Sergeant Major Colin Wall, after he was killed in Basra in 2003. His name appears among the thousands engraved on the Memorial:

"The Memorial has come to mean a great deal to all of the family and especially our son Alex, who was just 11 months old at the time of his dad's death," said Mrs Wall. "We'll always be incredibly proud of Colin and this magnificent place is an awe-inspiring tribute that will forever honour him and the thousands of other men and women who have lost their lives serving their country."

"We are incredibly grateful to the many thousands of people all over the country and many overseas that have voted for us already. However, the tally of votes has now been reset to zero and once again we need their full and active support."

Sir Henry Every Bt

Jill McLachlan, wife of Corporal Robin McLachlan who was killed in 2003, cut the first turf with her two daughters before construction of the Memorial started in August 2006. She said:

"Robin served bravely in difficult circumstances in both Northern Ireland and Bosnia. We were absolutely shocked and devastated to lose him in a road accident while posted in Germany, especially as he never got to see our youngest daughter, Kirsty.

"The Memorial provides a very fitting recognition of both his sacrifice and that of his family. Our daughters will come back here year-after-year, and in time their families will too."

Mrs Jenny Green OBE is a trustee and vice patron of the Armed Forces Memorial and former chairman of the War Widows Association of Great Britain. Her husband, Group Captain Bill Green, was killed 18 years ago and his body was never recovered. For her, with no grave or headstone to visit, the Memorial has a very great significance. She said:

"Unlike many, my son and daughter were lucky to have been old enough to have known their father and have memories which give comfort as the years pass. Now my son has a new baby son of his own, and I know that in time he will bring him here to see and hear about the grandfather he never knew.

"This memorial is a special place in which to honour our loved ones, a place to reflect with pride on their ultimate sacrifice, to remember them and to see others remembering them. However, it is far more than just a monument. It has a serenity and beauty of its own, yet it comes alive when within its walls, people use it and walk, sit and think. To see families and friends touching the names of their lost loved ones is incredibly moving."

Votes can be registered between 21 July and 8 August 2008 at by clicking through to the Best Heritage Project category and selecting Armed Forces Memorial or by phoning 0845 386 4459.

The Memorial is competing against two other finalists in the Best Heritage Project category. The winner will be announced during a special Saturday night BBC One Lottery show in late August 2008.


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