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Prime Minister announces Iraq war memorial for Lichfield

The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas

The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas

The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, yesterday announced that a memorial for those soldiers who served in the Iraq war. The memorial, a wall which was constructed in the Basra, will be re-built at the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Brown said, “… At its peak, a force of 46,000 served tours of duty in support of operations in Iraq.  In total, 120,000 served over the period of the entire conflict.  179 Britons died.  222 were seriously or very seriously injured.

“I said in my statement in December that the Memorial Wall in Basra would be brought home.  I can now confirm that it will form part of a new Memorial Wall to be built at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.  And just as it is right that we should pay tribute to the memory of those who have fallen, and the wounded, so it is right that we should celebrate the safe return of their comrades, and their shared achievements.”

Lichfield MP, Michael Fabricant welcomed the announcement but commented, “I am less happy with the news that the inquiry into the Iraq War will be held in secret by a small group of Gordon Brown’s hand-picked team,” in reference to the decision to hold an indpendent inquiry into the war behind closed doors.

Michael continued, “I welcome the news that the Iraq Memorial will be built at the National Memorial Arboretum.  The NMA is fast becoming the National centre of remembrance for our fallen and injured.  I hope that in their name, the inquiry into the causes of the Iraq War will be open, transparent, and honest.  A secret inquiry will never satisfy those who believe that the Labour Cabinet connived in an unjust war.”

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1 Comment


    9th November, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    So he wants to build awall to comerate our soldiers in iraq how BIG does he want this wall …?