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Paratroopers mark laying of memorial.

Byline: Antonia Bannister News Reporter antonia.bannister@trinitymirror.com

FORMER paratroopers have gathered together to mark the 16th anniversary of the laying of the British Airborne Memorial.

The group met in Coventry's War Memorial Park in Kenilworth Road to commemorate the laying of the memorial on June 23, 2000.

The memorial commemorates airborne servicemen and women who have lost their lives in both historic and modern day con-flicts.

During Thursday's ceremony six people were awarded with a Pegasus Plaque for their help in establishing the Airborne Memorial.

Former servicemen also laid wreaths at the memorial, which included the World War II Veteran's Para Wreath and the World War II Veteran's SAS wreath, which was presented by Jim Smith, the last man alive who helped to form the L Detachment.

Lonnie Downes, of Coventry Airborne Forces and welfare officer for the Bedworth Paras Branch, said: "We are mindful on this 16th anniversary date the words of General Sir Anthony Farrar Hockley when he unveiled the memorial - Pegasus is in Coventry War Memorial Park in perpetuity."

The second phase of creating the British Airborne Memorial was finished in 2001 when a giant stone memorial, which was the brainchild of Coventry ex-Paras Lonnie and Mick Murtagh, was donated to the organising committee by Nuneaton company Hanson Aggregates UK Griff Quarry.

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