HUDDERSFIELD

No. 11 AREA

 The Naval Service Memorial

The National Memorial Arboretum

The Royal Naval Association marked the 60th anniversary of our Royal Charter by the dedication of the Naval Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum. This is an all-inclusive memorial that commemorates those who have served, serve today and will serve tomorrow regardless of rank, trade or fighting arm.

The Memorial was dedicated on 15 June 2014.
   
The Royal Naval Association turned out in force for the unveiling and dedication of the Naval Service Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday.  The guests of honour were their Royal Highnesses Prince Michael and Princess Michael of Kent.

They were joined by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, the Rt Hon Mark Francois MP, the First Sea Lord Admiral George Zambellas, the Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral David Steel, The Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr Ian Dudson and 15 Commanding Officers of front line Ships, submarines, Commandos, air squadrons and mine countermeasure squadrons.
 
137 Standards paraded, including many friends from other naval associations - and were awarded the Charter 60 Naval Service Memorial pennant, which may be paraded permanently.  An estimated 3,000 veterans and friends enjoyed the Royal Marine Band from CTCRM Lympstone, a Royal Guard and Queen's colour from HMS Forward, a contingent of sailors from HMS Collingwood and a strong contingent from the Sea Cadet unit at Warsash.
 
There was a Flypast by a Lynx Mk8 from 702 Naval Air Squadron and a Merlin Mk8 from 829 Naval Air Squadron.  The event was well covered by BBC TV all day and ITV Central in the morning, with wide national coverage in all media.

Amongst the VVIPs was Mrs Gill Molyneux, the wife of Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux representing naval families who the memorial strongly embraces.
 
The bold design by Mr Graeme Mitcheson is of glass sails in the colours of the oceans of the world and a lone figure, head bowed in respect is on the theme of 'at the going down of the sun, we will remember them'.  The theme was initially developed by Lt Cdr Nigel Huxtable, an RNA HQ staff member, and won a design competition of 22 designs by professional artists and RNA members. It was received extremely well and as the First Sea Lord reflected, it was a cutting edge design for a cutting edge Navy.
 

Naval Service Memorial Launch

Click on the link below to download a 39-page coverage summary of the Naval Service Memorial launch. Note how the Huddersfield RNA Twitter account gets a mention in the social networking section with a posting about this page - in third place after the Royal Navy and the National Memorial Arboretum (page 35).

Coverage Summary (opens in a new window)

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