Meetings have been held with the Arboretum Authorities who have agreed the general size, shape and design of the new memorial.
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.
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.
The Minden Band and 1RRF Corps of Drums provided a fine selection of music, and many of the Fusiliers' families and friends were present to watch the parade.
With modern paints all the colours on the monument will last for 25 years and the overall cost will include a lifetime maintenance contract.
It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the language and ideas that represented each year.The dimensions will be approx 8 ft wide and 6 ft high.It will sit on a plinth of solid granite approx 11 ft by 5 ft engraved with a suitable inscription on the front such as; 'We Will Remember Them' (not shown in photo) and be surrounded by 4 granite benches.An artist's impression of the new Memorial is shown below.It is made from a single piece of dark grey curved granite which ill be polished.