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Inauguration of the Memorial Gates by Her Majesty The Queen

Wednesday 6th November 2002



The Memorial was officially inaugurated by Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, on 6 November 2002, appropriately close to Remembrance Sunday. Over fifty ex-servicemen and women from the Second World War lined up in the road between the stone pillars, in the presence of representatives from the British Government, the Armed Services and the Commonwealth.

The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas played traditional marching tunes while the spectators awaited the Queen’s arrival. As Her Majesty formally inaugurated the Memorial, poppies blew from the urns on top of the pillars, and the State Trumpeters played the Last Post at the end of one minute’s silence.

The Memorial is an important symbol for modern British society, which looks to the future as much as to the past. With so many descendants of those who fought in the last war now living in Britain, this Memorial serves to remind us all of shared sacrifices in times of greatest need. All British people should know and remember those who have made possible the freedoms we enjoy today.


Ben Okri

 Havildar Major Rajinder Singh Dhatt West Indian veterans and Major and Mrs W.P.J. Silva

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