The brainchild of Colonel David Stirling, the 22nd Special Air Service Regiment was formed in the summer of 1941 in the North African desert, conceived as a commando force to operate behind enemy lines.
Since then the SAS have justified their elite status time and again in operations all over the world. "The Regiment" was one of the first units in the world to develop a counter-revolutionary / counter-terrorist warfare capability put to devastating use most infamously in the Iranian Embassy siege in 1980.
They have earned their deserved reputation as one of the world's elite combat and counter-terrorist units and just happen to be based on the outskirts of Hereford.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the regiment a new memorial was commissioned from artist John Maine for Hereford Cathedral. Called simply "The Ascension", it was installed in 2017.
It comprises a stone block sculpture supporting a polished blue stone apse above which sits the stained glass window in blue and amber glass. The window has double-skinned parallax glazing which creates kaleidoscopic patterns as the light changes.
I have been meaning to get a picture of it and finally remembered to take my camera with me when I went to Hereford on Monday.