Ronez in Guernsey has completed the final stage in its trio of donations to the WWII Allied Aircrew Memorial, which is being erected in front of the island’s airport terminal building.
The memorial, which will be completed in time to mark the 70th anniversary of the conflict, will commemorate the 148 lives lost over the Bailiwick waters of Guernsey.
Ronez, part of Aggregate Industries, pledged three separate donations of concrete to get the project off the ground. The first was laid in November 2014 to create the footings, the second was delivered in February which gave the memorial a base and the final instalment, completed this month, was formed into an elevated circular section to give the statue height.Steve Roussel, General Manager, for Ronez comments on the donation:
“The island has really pulled together to make the Allied Aircrew Memorial a success, with fundraising taking centre stage. We were more than happy to play our part in realising the community’s joint vision of commemorating the brave young men who gave their lives for our freedom.
“It was only fitting that, as the island’s supplier of concrete products, we should donate the materials required for the project, and having worked closely with the monument designers, we were able to recommend the right product for the job.
“The memorial, which will stand at around 20ft tall, is estimated to cost £50,000 to complete and fundraising has been ongoing for over two years already. Ronez is proud to have played its part in the creation of such an important focal point for the island, and we are looking forward to enjoying the finished product in memory of those brave and selfless servicemen.”
Due for completion later this year, the Allied Aircrew Memorial will contain a total of 12m3 of concrete from Ronez. To donate or follow the progress of the statue visit www.aamgsy.com and to learn more about Ronez visit www.aggregate.com