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Memorial is closer

Final touches are being made to design work on a war memorial to honour Lanarkshire’s holders of the Victoria Cross.

Readers of the Hamilton Advertiser have been sending in donations so the paper’s plans to build a memorial in the showpiece new town square can be realised.

The memorial will be placed so that when the sun shines, a shadow of the VC will be cast on the ground.

The Advertiser said: “We want to erect a unique memorial to mark the brave deeds of 14 Lanarkshire men who won the highest military honour – the Victoria Cross.

“Their remarkable actions had been forgotten through time but their achievements were re-discovered by Larkhall artist Duncan Brown who created a series of dramatic paintings after researching each man’s story.”

A specially-commissioned artist is still refining the artist’s original design of the memorial which the Advertiser is hoping to have erected before the end of the year.

The Advertiser also described what is expected to be created:

A replica of a Victoria Cross will be surrounded in blue pearl granite and the names and regimental badges of the 14 VC holders inscribed around it.
A poignant verse by schoolchildren will be inset in the keystone.
The memorial will be erected in such a way that while the sun shines, a shadow of the VC will be cast on the ground.
By night the structure will be lit up by a solitary white light.

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