Walters have been delighted to support the building of a Memorial Garden in Aberdare by The Royal Welsh Comrades” Association (Aberdare Branch), who are helping create the Garden to commemorate the service and sacrifice made by service personnel from the Cynon Valley.
The Memorial Garden will feature a large granite Dedication stone either side of which will be 2 flagpoles flying the Welsh flag and Union flag. The stone will also be inscribed bilingually with a dedication to the service personnel of the Cynon Valley. Nearby will be 4 Memorial benches commemorating World Wars, Falklands War and a bench dedicated to all other conflicts since 1945 to present day. These benches will be situated around a memorial walkway where families can commission individual memorial stones for their loved ones. These Commemorative Stones will be engraved with the name, service/unit insignia, of the friend or loved one and will be inlaid around the central key stone.
Walters were asked to help collect and install the 4.3 tonne Dedication stone and we were delighted to be able to assist the community by transporting and lifting the stone into position on Thursday 25th April. The stone was originally collected from Penderyn Quarry and placed into position on the site by Walters HIAB driver Mark Boyce. Phill Aktins, who is the lead Committee member for the Memorial Garden and formally served in 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment stated: “the assistance from Walters and the skill and precision of placing the stone by Mark was amazing”.
At Walters we have several ex-serving personnel working for us so we were very pleased to have the opportunity to support the creation of this Memorial Garden from the very beginning with personal involvement from Rob Crellin our Group Safety Advisor. Rob is on the committee and a member of the RWCA and served in The Corps of Royal Engineers for 16 years.
An official Unveiling Ceremony for the Garden will take place on the 3rd November 2019.