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New Memorial Commemorating the Fallen during WWII to be Unveiled at Langar Airfield

New Memorial Commemorating the Fallen during WWII to be Unveiled at Langar Airfield

A memorial to commemorate those who served in Operation Market Garden during the Second World War will be unveiled at Langar airfield on Saturday 1 October.

The memorial stone, which has been designed and created by the East Midlands’ largest independent funeral directors, A.W. Lymn, The Family Funeral Service will be situated at the first entrance of the airfield and on a stone base with a memorial message commemorating the fallen.

Operation Market Garden was the only US combat mission the airbase was used for, which saw 16 US servicemen attempt to enter northern Germany between September 17 and September 25 1944. Sadly, all the men involved in the operation lost their lives when their plane was shot down flying over the Netherlands.

Now, 78 years later, a memorial remembering the 16 US troops will be unveiled on Saturday 1 October at Langar airfield in Notts.

Matthew Lymn Rose, Managing Director at A.W. Lymn, said:

“It is an honour and a privilege to be involved in building and designing the new memorial at Langar airfield. It is important to mark and remember the enormous sacrifices made by the US servicemen who left this airfield and sadly never returned. We pride ourselves on creating wartime memorials that create meaning and represent heartfelt thanks to those who are no longer here.”

Matthew continued:

“A.W. Lymn has a raft of previous experience with wartime memorials including The Nottingham Victoria Cross Memorial, The Clifton War Memorial and The Nottingham Firefighters Memorial, along with this memorial. It is always humbling to be invited and involved with memorials that mean so much to the local associations and communities.”

The official unveiling ceremony is a private event with invitees including the Lord lieutenant of Nottingham Sir John Peace, representatives of Melton and Rushcliffe and selected US military personnel.

Members of the public are however invited to spend the afternoon at Langar airfield from 2-5pm where several WWII historical displays will be open to view.

The airfield, which opened during the war in 1942, was used by both the Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Forces, where it was used primarily as a troop carrier transport airfield.

A.W. Lymn is a fifth-generation family business, headquartered in Sneinton. The funeral directors operate 27 funeral homes across Notts and South Derbyshire and employ more than 120 people. A.W. Lymn, The Craftsmen in Stone, is a division of the business incorporated in 1974 – since then, its specialist team have been creating and maintaining graves and monuments across the county and beyond.

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