Saturday, March 23, 2013
A MEMORIAL garden is being built to commemorate the service men and women at RAF Wyton who have died on operational duty and at home.
The centre piece of the garden will be two memorial stones – one for the Joint Force Intelligence Group and the current stone that commemorates the Pathfinder Force.
The stones will be surrounded by a rose garden, which will include space to allow personnel to plant their own flowers in memory of friends and family that worked at RAF Wyton. There will also be commemorative benches in the garden, which being built near the officers’ mess at the station.
Brigadier Nick Davies, commander Joint Force Intelligence Group (JFIG), is the man behind the idea for the garden. He wanted to honour the memory of JFIG personnel alongside the Pathfinder Force at RAF Wyton. Funding for the project was donated by the Commanding Officer’s welfare fund and the Medmenham Collection.
The site will also become a focus point for remembrance services held at RAF Wyton.
The station’s commanding officer, Wing Commander Mike Brown, joined staff from One Complete Solution (OCS), which designed the garden alongside the project officer, Squadron Leader Padre Steve Radley, to remove the first clod of earth from the garden’s rose bed.
Wing Commander Mike Brown said: “The garden reflects the change that the station has gone through in recent months, allowing us to honour its history and pay our respects to those personnel who worked for RAF Wyton and JFIG that have passed away.”
Padre Radley added: “It’s been a privilege to work on this project. I think it is a great way to utilise the space at RAF Wyton and I hope it is widely used by station personnel as a place to reflect and remember their loved ones.”
The garden is due to be finished by the end of this month.