The Minden Band and 1RRF Corps of Drums provided a fine selection of music, and many of the Fusiliers' families and friends were present to watch the parade.
For many of the cohort they were receiving their first operational medal.
During these exercises, the Battalion played the parts of insurgents and local nationals, wearing Afghan clothing while conducting pre-planned serials to test the exercising troops.
By providing a pattern of life and serials for the exercising troops, the Fusiliers, be they farmers, builders, mullahs or washing machine salesmen, gave the troops about to deploy to Afghanistan the best possible environment in which to train.
We are still in negotiation with them over whether it can be put into the same location as the current memorial, but early indications are that this is achievable.
An artist's impression of the new Memorial is shown below.
There will be those who do not like the design of the memorial, the size the shape and so on.
The Colonel in Chief will be invited to lead the ceremony.By the end of the 2 years, however, the Fusiliers knew the Plain inside out, and it was always brilliant to see new Company Commanders stressed on their course asking junior Fusiliers how to attack a position.The handover to 2 Royal Welsh on 29 July marked the end of this time.As most of you are now aware the Regiment will be replacing the Fusilier Memorial at the National Arboretum in 2013.
As with all projects of this type it is impossible to please all of the people all of the time.
It will sit on a plinth of solid granite approx 11 ft by 5 ft engraved with a suitable inscription on the front such as; 'We Will Remember Them' (not shown in photo) and be surrounded by 4 granite benches.