One hun­dred years of he­roes

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BOT­TLE trees lin­ing the streets of Roma are om­nipresent to­day, a large liv­ing me­mo­rial for lo­cal soldiers who have died in bat­tles far from the wide streets, shaded with their mem­ory.

Satur­day marked a cen­tury of the aptly-named He­roes’ Av­enue, when on this day, our town planted the first of many trees in mem­ory of young men who never re­turned from Gal­lipoli, France, and Bel­gium, where their bod­ies re­main.

Dig­ni­taries from the RSL and gov­ern­ment made speeches and laid wreathes at the cer­e­mony, and Gover­nor of Queens­land, Paul de Jer­sey AC, un­veiled new plaques for the me­mo­rial.

This is the Gover­nor’s first visit to Roma, and his wife Kay joined him for the trip.

He­roes’ Av­enue is a her­itage-listed me­mo­rial.

PHOTO: JORJA MCDON­NELL

KEEP­ING TRA­DI­TION ALIVE: Roma’s Light Horse Bri­gade pa­rades through the streets.

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