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New memorial to Royal Engineers
Royal Engineers memorial
The monument is made up of four granite rocks
A new plot remembering fallen Royal Engineers is to be opened at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Four rocks will commemorate those from the corps who have died in the past century as well as those who will lose their lives in the future.

It will be unveiled at the Alrewas venue, in Staffordshire, on Tuesday morning by Gen Sir Kevin O'Donoghue.

About 400 guests including serving and retired members of the corps are expected to attended the ceremony.

'Visual metaphor'

The monument of four 10 tonne granite rocks were presented to the Royal Engineers by the Falkland Islands.

A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said: "Each stone is raised 150mm above its foundation on four stainless dowels making the huge blocks apparently float above ground level.

"This will suggest a visual metaphor of the ability of the Sapper to intervene in, and control, the physical and geographical environment."


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