Respect is set in stone
Dream realised as memorial officially unveiled ahead of Anzac centenary
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.”
IT’S READY: Woodgate RSL treasurer Cheryl Jones and president Malcolm Webb put the finishing touches on the new memorial.