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It also gave the Fusiliers an opportunity to think and act as an insurgent.
An experienced war memorial stonemason has been appointed; he has previously produced work at the National Arboretum and at the Somme and is highly respected for the quality of his work.
Meetings have been held with the Arboretum Authorities who have agreed the general size, shape and design of the new memorial.
There will be those who do not like the design of the memorial, the size the shape and so on.
Where I am sure there is common ground is that our Fusiliers who have lost their lives deserve a lasting and fitting memorial at the Arboretum and the small stone that is there currently does need replacing.
The cost of the Monument is £25k and it is estimated that a further £10k will be needed for the unveiling ceremony in 2013 to which all Fusiliers and the families of our Fusiliers killed in action will be invited.