Re­spect is set in stone

Dream re­alised as me­mo­rial of­fi­cially un­veiled ahead of An­zac cen­te­nary

Isis Town and Country - - News - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

VET­ER­ANS, spe­cial guests and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from all tiers of gov­ern­ments are set to con­verge on Woodgate Beach to­day.

RSL’s Woodgate Beach Sub-Branch will re­alise a dream years in the mak­ing as they of­fi­cially un­veil the town’s new me­mo­rial.

The me­mo­rial will com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of An­zac as one of many across the state and coun­try planned to pay re­spect to those who fought not only in the Great War but who have served in the time since.

Pres­i­dent Mal­colm Webb was look­ing for­ward to the oc­ca­sion.

“I would’ve loved some sleep be­fore­hand though,” he joked.

“There was a lot of stress in­volved but we’re look­ing for­ward to it.”

Mr Webb said the me­mo­rial was a grey-coloured, two-tiered struc­ture with four pol­ished black gran­ite blade stones in­serted at the cor­ners of the up­per­most tier.

“Each blade stone will rep­re­sent one of navy, army, air force or women’s ser­vices and carry an etched im­age of that ser­vice on the ob­verse side,” Mr Webb said.

“The blade stones sit at the four cardinal points of the compass.”

A gran­ite slab etched with a Ris­ing Sun hat badge of the era is laid at the cen­tre of the up­per tier.

Mr Webb said the new mon­u­ment was a fit­ting trib­ute to our brave servicemen and women.

“A spe­cial com­mit­tee was es­tab­lished to de­cide on the de­sign of the mon­u­ment and we are pleased to have such a heroic struc­ture take pride of place in Woodgate Beach,” he said.

Re­tired Lieu­tenant Colonel Harry Smith SG MC is set to un­veil the mon­u­ment at a cer­e­mony held to­day at 11am and a ded­i­ca­tion will be of­fered by army chap­lain Cap­tain John Dan­sie.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from lo­cal, state and fed­eral gov­ern­ment are set to be in at­ten­dance among other in­vited guests.

“We’re not sure how many will be here for it,” Mr Webb said.

“It would be great to see 250 peo­ple here.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

IT’S READY: Woodgate RSL trea­surer Ch­eryl Jones and pres­i­dent Mal­colm Webb put the fin­ish­ing touches on the new me­mo­rial.

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