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How the 'Blitz' was born: a fire service dedication.(National Memorial)

The UK Firefighters National Memorial became a reality on September 16 last year in the presence of the Princess Royal at the Service of Remembrance in St Paul's Cathedral. FIRE talks to the Firefighters Memorial Charitable Trust's Gerry Clarkson about the birth of the 'Blitz' memorial and how that came from the formation of the Worshipful Company of Firefighters in its ambition to recognise the role of the Fire Service in London

"September 16 was a superb day" said Mr Clarkson, Chair of Trustees and former Chief of London, "superb in that it brought to fruition the vision of the Trustees and others in the British Fire Service in wanting to ensure the memory of those firefighters who lost their lives in service to the community, both in war and peace, was honoured in a dignified way."

The original 'Blitz' memorial was unveiled in 1991 by the Queen Mother containing the names of all 997 firefighters killed during the war. …

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