A quiet corner of the Holywood Army base has become a poignant place of pilgrimage for the bereaved families of the security forces personnel killed in the Troubles in Northern Ireland and other conflicts around the world over the last 50 years. After a great deal of planning and designing in late 1993. The first foundations and memorial for the one-and-half-acre site of the memorial garden in Palace Barracks was laid. The memorial stones themselves are all made from South African polished granite and engraved with the servicemen or servicewomen’s name and their regimental badge .
To see my dream and designs come true has become a very special place not only for me but for all the families, friends and comrades of the soldiers who are remembered here, in the Palace Barracks Memorial Garden. In addition to maintaining the garden itself ,I also keep in regular touch with the families and friends of those Men and Women of our Armed Forces who are remembered here and arrange visits for them to the Garden should they so wish.
As well as travelling around the United Kingdom giving power point presentations to associations,clubs and veterans groups.
The Memorial garden is maintained and run on a voluntary basis.
We will Remember them with Honour and Pride.
Albert D.Owens MBE