A call to arms for memorial content
The public will have a prominent role in the Australian War Memorial redevelopment, with a call to every town and city in the nation to take photographs of their war memorials, cenotaphs and memorial drives for an interactive display.
In what is likely to attract hundreds of thousands of contributions, the AWM is creating a national register of every military memorial from the humble school or bowling and surf club honour board to the more elaborate cenotaph or local council memorial park.
The Places of Pride project will feature a big TV screen where visitors will be able to push a button and see images sent in and perhaps a small description.
“Our call is to every community, every RSL, every school, every local government author- ity, every community group and normal people to get a photograph of your local memorials and upload them and if they want to give extra information and history, that is good,” AWM director Brendan Nelson said.
“In the new galleries we are going to have a giant screen that will scroll these across, whether its Goondiwindi or Davenport or Albany or Morphettville — you will be able to put your community in and see it come up.”