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Malta Memorial, Floriana, Malta

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Malta Memorial, Floriana, Malta

 

Just to the south of the Triton Fountain is the Malta Memorial, which commemorates the 2,298 Commonwealth airmen to lose their lives during World War Two in the Mediterranean area and who have no known grave.  Malta was chosen for its location due the importance of the role the Island played in the Mediterranean air war.

 

The memorial is easily spotted as it is 15 metres tall with a 2.4 metre gilded bronze Golden Eagle on top.  Inscribed on brass plaques around the base are the names of the airmen who lost their lives and there is a brass plaque with the following inscription:

 

“Over These And Neighbouring Lands And Seas The Airmen Whose Names Are Recorded Here Fell In Raid Or Sortie And Have No Known Grave Malta Gibraltar Mediterranean Adriatic Tunisia Sicily Italy Yugoslavia Austria Propositi Insula Tenax Tenaces Viros Commemorat*

The last part translates to : “An island resolute of purpose remembers resolute men”

 

The memorial was unveiled by the Queen during her first state visit to the Island, on 3 May 1954.

 

The memorial was built and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on land donated by the Maltese government.  The eagle was sculpted by Charles Wheeler (1892–1974) and the monument designed by the architect Sir Hubert Worthington (1886-1963).

 

 

 

 

 

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