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A memorial to commemorate the contribution of Polish servicemen and women during the Second World War.
The Monte Cassino memorial and Glade of Remembrance are located at the entrance to the Polish Scouting Centre in St. Briavels, Gloucestershire. Part funded by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and the Polish Scouting Association, the monument was unveiled on the 70th anniversary of the battle of Monte Cassino.
The function of the glade and monument is to provide a location for commemorative celebrations for scouts, veterans and the public. Existing steps have been refurbished and lead up to a stone ‘obelisk’ used for scouting ceremonies, while on the opposite side of the glade a stone plinth and mounted display board provide an explanatory history, adjacent to the public footpath.
The visual focus of the glade is the memorial made up of a ‘feature stone’. A commemorative cross has been relocated from a previous memorial and alongside this are the National Eagle, emblems of the Polish Armed Forces and the Scouting ‘Fleur-de-lys’ carved by a local stone mason.
Seats and the plinth are constructed in the local forest of Dean (blue/grey) and St. Bees (red) sandstones, chosen for their similarities to the colours of the Monte Cassino medal ribbon.