By Staff writer
Monument to pay tribute to fallen soldiers will form the centre piece of the Memorial Park in Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has approved the final design of the UAE Memorial, which will be built in preparedness for the 2016 Commemoration (Martyr's) Day.
The monument will comprise a series of massive metal panels, each supporting the next, signifying the support and strength between soldiers, families and citizens in the face of adversity, news agency WAM reported.
It said the monument’s design is by British artist Idris Khan, and was selected from proposals submitted by three artists of international repute.
The monument will form the centre piece of the Memorial Park, which will be a place of reflection, strength, pride, power, unity and eternity. The name of each hero will be individually honoured within the park.
The Memorial Park will include a large plaza with terraced seating, public gardens and a pavilion for quiet contemplation; a unique reflective pool will mirror the nearby Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
It will also feature a visitor centre to promote understanding of the role of the UAE’s national heroes in serving and safeguarding the nation.
"The values of patriotism, loyalty and selflessness displayed by the sacrifice of the UAE’s national heroes have immortalised them in the collective memory of all Emiratis, including their leadership," said Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed.
"The UAE Memorial symbolises the ultimate sacrifice of our heroes, who have set for us the greatest example of giving and heroism," he added.
The Martyrs' Families' Affairs Office, which was founded to follow up on the affairs of the families and children of national heroes and provide them with necessary support, will supervise the phases of work on the Memorial Park, WAM added.