A NEW memorial is to be unveiled in Paisley to honour the brave service personnel who have died for their country in wars since 1945.
The monument, which will be placed at Renfrewshire Council’s Cotton Street headquarters, will commemorate the 22 armed conflicts which the UK has been involved in since the end of the Second World War.
The plan came about after the council was approached by the Royal British Legion, which is donating the memorial stone, in partnership with Co-operative Funeralcare.
Although there are already various war memorials throughout Renfrewshire, including the Cenotaph in Paisley town centre, these are designed to honour the dead of the First and Second World Wars only.
The new stone will sit within the existing memorial garden at Renfrewshire House, in Cotton Street, will be almost one metre wide and will have rose bushes planted on either side.
It is expected that the stone will be formally unveiled in September, with further support being provided by the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the Royal Engineer Association’s Paisley branch, McLaughlan Glaziers and Barclays Bank.
Provost Anne Hall told the Paisley Daily Express: “The wars in which people have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of their country should never be forgotten.
“While those who fell in the two world wars are commemorated elsewhere, this monument will ensure the conflicts which have taken place since then will also be remembered.
“Renfrewshire has a proud military tradition and the council, the armed forces and the community have strengthened that link in recent years.
“We’ve seen Renfrewshire’s participation in Armed Forces Day, the granting of the Freedom of Renfrewshire to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the introduction of a children’s remembrance service and the signing of a community covenant which provides mutual support between the civilian and armed forces communities.
“This new venture is a continuation of that connection and is further evidence of its strength.
“We are grateful to the Royal British Legion, Co-operative Funeralcare and all the others who have contributed to this project.”
In April, hundreds of people of all ages stood side by side with proud servicemen and women, past and present, to mark Paisley’s contribution to Armed Forces Day.
This year’s event at Paisley Abbey took on added significance as it was also used to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.