Erskine Veterans Charity unveils Falklands Memorial Sundial
A moving tribute was unveiled at a memorial service in Bishopton to mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands conflict.
The five-foot Corten steel sundial, named “The Shadow of the Brave,” was installed in the grounds of the Erskine House Veterans Village.
Created as a place of memory and reflection, the sundial is modeled on the figure of veteran Bill McDowall kneeling and paying homage to his fallen comrades.
Bill, 61, served in the Falklands when he was 21 and now works and resides in Erskine Veterans Village.
Between each hour there is a series of dots, totaling 255 to commemorate each fallen British serviceman. The dial is marked to tell the time in the Falkland Islands, with the shadow created by the kneeling soldier sweeping the dots each day from sunrise to sunset, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The exterior of the dial is inscribed with the poignant quote, “As the sun sets and in the morning we will remember them”.
During the memorial service, the words of the Reverend Royal Naval Chaplain Jude Okorie paid tribute to those who fought and lost their lives in the 10-week conflict between April and June 1982.
A minute of silence was marked by lowered standards and Gavin Templeton’s Last Post.
Piper Alastair Henderson followed with the Crags of Tumbledown Mountain, famously composed by Pipe Major James Riddell in the Falklands during the battle, honoring those who fought.
After the laying of several wreaths, guests were then welcomed to the Centennial Garden and the Garden of Reflection as they paid their respects.
Ian Cumming MBE, Managing Director of Erskine, said: ‘The memorial service and unveiling of the stunning Shadow of the Brave, one of Scotland’s few permanent Falklands War memorials, is a poignant tribute and appropriate to all who have served.
“Thanks to Bill McDowall and so many other Erskine veterans who fought in the Falklands, we know the pain so many live with.
“This sundial, in the likeness of Bills, is a remarkable work of art, which will serve as a reminder to all who visit our Veterans Village, of the sacrifices so many have made.”
The sundial was designed by Chris Smith at Concrete Creative, manufactured by Bravest Manufacturing Company in Scotland, with steel donated by BAE.