June 12 2015 - Under bright skies, thousands of people witnessed Thursday the dedication of a new memorial in Britain for the 453 British troops killed in the Afghanistan War. David Cameron, the prime minister, was there. So was Prince Harry, an Apache helicopter pilot who completed two combat deployments. And most importantly, so were the families of many of those lost in the muddy fields and dusty roads of southern Afghanistan.
The Bastion Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum will be a “place of pilgrimage,” the prince told the families of the fallen during the ceremony, according to the BBC. The memorial is modeled after a similar one at Camp Bastion, the British military installation in Helmand province through which tens of thousands of coalition troops passed in the last few years. It was adjacent to an American base, Camp Leatherneck. Both were turned over to Afghan troops last fall.
Photographs of the new shrine capture the pain and pride of those who have a fallen loved one’s names etched into it. It includes a cross made of shell casings that was fashioned at Camp Bastion and placed at the new memorial.
The dedication of the memorial in Britain raises again the question of how the United States may eventually recognize those it has lost in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. read more>>>