Over 3,000 young people and adults attended to watch the dedication of the memorial which was jointly designed by young people and an adult volunteer. The memorial recognises the difference Scouting has made to so many and remembers the service given by the many Scouts across communities and throughout the Armed Forces. The memorial also captures the essence of Scouting's spirit of global friendship and adventure.
The memorial dedicated in the presence of Mr Ian Dudson, The Lord Lieutenant for Staffordshire, Wayne Bulpitt, UK Chief Commissioner and Matt Hyde CEO of The Scout Association, was unveiled by young people and the relatives of scouts who designed the structure as well as the relatives of Scouts who have lost their lives whilst serving others including Ann McFerran, the mother of SAC Peter McFerran and Elizabeth Holmes-Daniels, the sister of Cpl Harvey Holmes, who were killed whilst serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Scout Memorial Project was initiated in 2009 by five 16 year old Explorer Scouts from Birmingham who visited the Arboretum. Gaining the full endorsement of the National Headquarters, The Scouting Memorial Project was launched by a team of youth and adult volunteers in Birmingham in May 2013 and has gone on to receive donations of over £200,000 primarily via £1 donations for 165,000 cloth badges that have been sent to Scouts around the world.
The sculpture is a combination of pieces by Graeme Mitcheson, creator of several memorials at the Arboretum, with the central fire by Angela Connor, sculptor of Her Majesty The Queen's 80th birthday bronze portrait displayed at Windsor Castle.
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