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New Suez Veterans Association Memorial to be dedicated at
the National Memorial Arboretum

The Suez Veterans Association (SVA) expects in the region of 500 visitors to attend the rededication of its newly refurbished memorial when it takes place on Saturday 31st March at the National Memorial Arboretum.

The original Suez Veterans Memorial to those who had lost their lives in the Suez Canal Zone was Suez Veterans Association Memorialdedicated in March 2004. It incorporated a pyramid shaped memorial plinth, a 'canal' made of blue glass chippings and a large covering of sand to represent the Canal Zone in Egypt. However, to keep it looking smart proved to be very high maintenance, falling on a small number of Suez Veterans who live reasonably close to the Arboretum to manage it.

A decision was taken to refurbish the Memorial and make alterations that would make it much lower maintenance in the future. The new design incorporates a new pyramid, a new memorial cross and paving to replace much of the sand. A palm tree from the original memorial has been replanted there.

Brian watts, who coordinated the refurbishment and the rededication event for the SVA, said: "With many of our veterans being quite elderly now, we could not expect them to continue to maintain the Memorial as it was, so we opted to refurbish it and make it lower maintenance. We are very pleased with the end result, which is an attractive, informative, long lasting memorial that's a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives".

The re-dedication event will start with a service in the Arboretum's marquee at 12.00 noon, followed by a parade to the Memorial for the re-dedication, with over 40 standard bearers marching. The event is part of the SVA's Spring Reunion weekend, which is being held at the Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel in Kegworth, Derby. Transport has been arranged to take members and guests from the hotel to the Arboretum in time for the service and back to the hotel later in the afternoon. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

For further information contact Brian Watts on T: 0116 239 3114, M: 07802 770741oe b.watts66@btinternet.com. Website: www.suezveteransassociation.org.uk

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