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Friday, 10 November, 2000, 16:29 GMT
Memorial to latter-day heroes
The Cenotaph
The news comes ahead of Remembrance Sunday
Servicemen and women killed in the years since World War II are to be honoured by a new war memorial in London.

A wide-scale consultation on where the memorial should be sited and what form it will take is being launched by Ministry of Defence.

The new memorial will commemorate the sacrifice of service personnel who have died fighting in conflicts such as the Falklands, the Gulf, Korea and Kosovo.

I believe it is vitally important that the sacrifice that service personnel make is not just remembered by loved ones and comrades

Geoff Hoon
It will also honour those killed in terrorist attacks since 1945.

In an announcement which comes days before Remembrance Sunday, Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon said the sacrifice of service personnel should be remembered by the whole nation.

"This weekend, above all others, is a time to remember the debt we owe to those who sacrificed their lives so future generations could enjoy peace and freedom," he said.

"The Cenotaph provides a national focus for all those who gave their lives and there are many other campaigns and regimental memorials.

"But what is lacking is any public place which commemorates the sacrifice of those servicemen and women killed on duty and by terrorist attack since the end of the Second World War."

Row over Troubles

The announcement has been welcomed by the Royal British Legion.

A spokesman said the Legion would contribute as "constructively and as helpfully" as it could to the project.

It was also welcomed by Liberal Democrat defence spokesman Menzies Campbell, who said such a memorial was "entirely appropriate".

"Since the formal cessation of hostilities in 1945, British forces have served with courage and distinction in many difficult and dangerous places all over the world," he said.

But shadow defence secretary Iain Duncan Smith said there should be a specific memorial to those service personnel who lost their lives as a result of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

"We called for a cross-party campaign to erect a memorial to commemorate those who lost their lives in the service of the Crown during the Troubles," he said.

"It would have included servicemen and women, RUC officers and others."

He said the government's plan fell short of that requirement and would result in disappointment for many people across the UK.

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