The unveiling carried out by the Hon Neil Costa MP from the Government of Gibraltar in the company of several former Governors of the territory. The current Commander of British Forces (Gibraltar), Commodore Ian McGhie was also present.
The memorial has been carved from a single piece of limestone cut from the Rock of Gibraltar and flown to stonemasons in UK by an RAF Hercules aircraft.
The project has been the brainchild of Joseph (Joe) Brugada. 'When I visited the Arboretum I saw that Mediterranean countries such as Malta and Cyprus were represented but there was nothing to mark Gibraltar's place in Britain's military history,' said Joe. 'I decided there and then that Gibraltar should have its own memorial in the UK's centre of national commemoration.'
Another Gibraltarian, Anselmo Torres created the design of the monument which was unveiled yesterday in a short ceremony involving a bugler and drummer from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment and standard bearers from the Royal British Legion.'
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