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    sesibollox wrote:
    Looks rather small,
    I think you'll find that's just the garden, which is part of the memorial project. There are several small commemorative plaques to individuals and trees have been planted. Also benches and flowerbeds.

    The Memorial Park itself is just that - a memorial to the fallen heroes. Quite right that money should be spent on such a project.

    It's even more importantt that we should remember and respect those who died to preserve our freedoms. All the more reason to continue upholding them despite everything.

    We WILL remember them."
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New Wickford war memorial honours the fallen

Lance Cpl Holland, from the 1st Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment, at the memorial in Wickford

Lance Cpl Holland, from the 1st Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment, at the memorial in Wickford

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A REVAMPED war memorial and new garden has finally opened after three years of hard work.

Nearly £55,000 has been ploughed into the huge project at Wickford Memorial Park, in Runwell Road, which was designed to honour war heroes and attract visitors.

Dedicated members of Wickford War Memorial Association have planted trees along the Avenue of Remembrance, complete with individual plaques telling the story of how each soldier, sailor or airman lost their lives. A derelict space in the park has also been restored, and renamed the Home Front Garden.

A further 11 trees have been planted, which represent Wickford civilians killed during the Second World War, including the youngest casualty, who was just ten.

Steve Newman, chairman of the association, said: “We all felt a sense of pride to see the new Avenue of Remembrance and Home Front Garden officially opened, but there was a sense of relief that it is finally all over.

“It has been three years since we started looking at the avenue.

When it was first created, it just had surnames of the soldiers, but those days are gone. It needed refreshing, so the people in our community could engage with it again. I have been talking to lots of people who have been stopping to read the plaques.

“When we carried out a consultation, one of the things people said was missing were proper flowerbeds and benches.

“Now the Home Front Garden is somewhere to go to relax and reflect.”

The new-look avenue and garden were officially unveiled by Lord Petre, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex.

Representatives from Essex Environment Trust and Veolia Pitsea Marshes Trust, who donated money towards the project, took to the stand during the special ceremony.

Former Basildon Council leader Tony Ball, who has been a huge supporter of Wickford War Memorial Association, also thanked sponsors, volunteers and donors.

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