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Service for names on war memorial

Armed Forces Memorial
The names of personnel who have died since WWII are listed

A ceremony at the Armed Forces Memorial has been held in dedication to the recently engraved names of 66 service personnel who lost their lives in 2008.

The names of those who died in the line of duty were read out and wreaths laid.

The service in Alrewas, Staffs, was attended by bereaved families, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and defence minister Baroness Ann Taylor.

The memorial honours the 16,000 people who have died on duty or as a result of terrorism since World War II.

About 350 people, including 300 family members, gathered for the ceremony at the memorial, which is made from Portland stone.

Speaking at the arboretum, Baroness Taylor said: "The names of those 66 servicemen and women that gave their lives in 2008 have been carved in stone at the Armed Forces Memorial in a fitting tribute to their bravery and heroism.

"Their names will endure so that they can always be remembered."

The the Armed Forces Memorial, which is supported by The Royal British Legion, is one of 150 memorials at the 150-acre National Memorial Arboretum.

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