SSAFA unveils new memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum
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Over 75 people including the Lord Lieutenant, High Sherriff of Staffordshire, Mayor and local SSAFA volunteers joined HRH Prince Michael of Kent, president of SSAFA, who arrived by helicopter to attend the Service of Dedication at the Millennium Chapel.
The new memorial is in honour of the men and women of SSAFA who have supported the Armed Forces, veterans and their families, during conflict and peacetime since the charity began over 130 years ago.
Attendees included –
- His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent GCVO.
- The Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire – Mr. Ian Dudson CBE CStJ and Mrs. Jane Dudson.
- The High Sheriff of Staffordshire – Colonel David Leigh and Mrs. Lucy Leigh.
- The Chairman of Staffordshire County Council – Councillor Janet Eagland and Mr. Keith Eagland.
- The Chairman of Lichfield District Council – Councillor David Salter and Mrs. Pam Salter.
- The Mayor and Mayoress of Stafford Borough Council – Councillor Geoff Collier and Mrs. Cathy Collier.
- SSAFA Chairman – General Sir Kevin O’Donoghue KCB CBE.
- SSAFA Chief Executive – Air Vice-Marshal the Hon David Murray, CVO OBE.
- The National Memorial Arboretum Board of Trustees – Trustee Colin Kemp.
- SSAFA Staffordshire Branch Divisional Secretary - Anthony Pegg.
- SSAFA Branch Secretary, Greater Birmingham Branch - Ray Griffiths.
- SSAFA West Midlands North Branch Secretary – Lt Colonel Ed Sandham.
- SSAFA Staffordshire Branch Chaplain – Reverend John Davis MBE.
General Sir Kevin O’ Donoghue KCB CBE, SSAFA Chairman said: “The dedication of this memorial is to honour all those from 1885 to the present day who have given their time in support of those who are serving and those who have ever served in the British Armed Forces and their families.
“Through this memorial we pay tribute to our network of volunteers which has been the lifeblood of the organisation since it was founded over 130 years ago and continues to play a crucial role in delivering services in the community, both in the UK and overseas, up until this day.
“The memorial also marks the contribution of SSAFA’s staff who play a key role in delivering our charitable and professional services at both a national and global level.
“Without our volunteers and staff we would not be able to currently support some 55,000 serving personnel, reservists, veterans and their families each year with a variety of needs, and the memorial is there to thank them.
“I would also like to thank, on behalf of the charity, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, SSAFA President, for giving his time to attend the dedication and unveil the new SSAFA memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.”
For more information or support from SSAFA Staffordshire Branch, visit SSAFA Office, Suite 29 The Hub, 17 Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LZ Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10:00hrs and 13:00hrs or call 01785 2121 680 or email Staffordshire@ssafa.org.uk