There is hardly a one of us who will disagree that this is a great idea, and yet another meaningful way to perpetuate the name of our great Regiment.
Since John's original post I've exchanged brief ideas with him (and a couple of others) to say that my immediate reaction is that we should do nothing until we fully understand how the National Arboretum is managed.
However, having visited the website of the Arboretum it seems that they may be one step ahead of us. In 2015 they are opening a 'Heroes Square' where paving stones will be laid. Initially they are accepting applications from Military Organisations for a paving stone to be included with an engraving of the organisations crest - in our case our cap badge to our own design.
Here's what they say:"Heroes' Square, the final piece of our exciting new development, will be flanked by the Millennium Chapel and the visitor centre, providing a central focus for the Arboretum. Once opened, Armistice Day services and events of commemoration, Remembrance and reunion will be held there.
The pavings are all Yorkstone Scoutmoor chosen for its visual appeal and hard wearing qualities.
Some of the military stones will have the badges of associations and units from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force engraved into them."The cost of each stone will be £3000
. If we asked all of our members to donate £10 (we send out over 600 Shy Talk Newsletters each year) we could easily reach that sum.
My question is. Is this the way to go, or do we want something much more individual? (but at what cost, assuming we'll be allowed to?).