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As most of you are now aware the Regiment will be replacing the Fusilier Memorial at the National Arboretum in 2013.
As with all projects of this type it is impossible to please all of the people all of the time.
Front of Memorial Rear of Memorial A good start has been made in raising the necessary funds for the memorial but there is still much to do.
Donations should be sent to the Assistant Regimental Secretary at RHQ with cheques made out to the RRF Memorial Fund.
During these exercises, the Battalion played the parts of insurgents and local nationals, wearing Afghan clothing while conducting pre-planned serials to test the exercising troops.
The many hours of practice supervised by the Regimental Sergeant Major and the men clearly showed in the precision of the drill, despite the wet conditions.
Everyone is looking forward to a change as the Battalion joins 1 Brigade and starts to prepare for deploying on Operations in the near future. Despite the persistently soggy weather (made all the more miserable by the swelteringly hot previous few days) Thursday 4th August was a memorable day for 38 soldiers from X Company for several reasons.
Not only was it Battalion Minden Day, which is always a good day, but more importantly as part of the Minden Day celebrations, the 38 soldiers who served in Afghanistan on Op HERRICK 13 as part of the Battle Casualty Replacement Cohort were awarded their Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan.
We are still in negotiation with them over whether it can be put into the same location as the current memorial, but early indications are that this is achievable.
An artist's impression of the new Memorial is shown below.