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Stonemason Nick Hindle begins to carve the names of the 59 British military personnel who were killed in action during 2011 at The National Armed Forces Memorial in Alrewas, central England on April 23. The Memorial was constructed in 2007 to provide recognition of the men and women of the Armed Services who have lost their lives in conflict or as a result of terrorist action or on training exercises since the end of the Second World War.
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Stonemason Nick Hindle begins inscripting of the 59 names of the UK servicemen and women who were killed on duty or through terrorism in 2011 at the Armed Forces Memorial on April 23 in Alrewas, Staffordshire. The additional names will take 3 weeks to engrave and will be dedicated during a service for their families later this year.
When the memorial was dedicated in 2007 it had 16,000 names engraved with room for 15,000 more. Last April, 112 names were added. This year's additions include 58 men and one woman, Capt. Lisa Jade Head, who died after being injured in Afghanistan while trying to defuse an IED.
If you are planning a visit try to go in November to see the shaft of sunlight fall across the sculpted wreath on the central stone which was designed to occur at 11:00am on the 11th day of the 11th month annually. This year, the Olympic torch will make a stop at the memorial on Armed Forces Day, June 30.
More about the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, England.