In­stal­la­tion of Car­lyle Cross

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SI­MON GINNS

The 2.5me­tre tall cross stands near the ro­tunda at the cen­tre of Car­lyle Ceme­tery.

Ruther­glen RSL Sub-Branch Sec­re­tary David Martin said the project re­sulted from Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fund­ing re­ceived un­der the Ar­mistice Cen­te­nary Grants Pro­gram.

The $5,000 grant to­gether with a $5,000 dona­tion from a lo­cal foun­da­tion al­lowed works to be­gin. Ruther­glen Li­ons are as­sist­ing to raise the re­main­ing fund­ing as a com­mu­nity project.

“When we dis­cov­ered that there are quite a few vet­er­ans buried in Car­lyle with­out recog­ni­tion we thought it ap­pro­pri­ate to have some­thing cen­tral where we could have com­mem­o­ra­tion ser­vices to recog­nise all ex-ser­vice per­son­nel buried there,” Mr Martin said.

The new Car­lyle Cross is based on The Cross of Sac­ri­fice, a memo­rial de­signed by Sir Regi­nald Blomfield in 1918. By 1937, the Im­pe­rial War Graves Com­mis­sion had erected more than 1,000 of Blomfield’s me­mo­ri­als in France and Bel­gium.

The un­adorned face of the cross al­lows it to rep­re­sent any ser­vice vet­eran ir­re­spec­tive of their fi­nal place of rest.

Indigo Shire Mayor, Cr Bernard Gaffney will un­veil the 3.9-tonne mon­u­ment on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The oc­ca­sion will in­volve bless­ing of the statue by Ruther­glen clergy, the read­ing of the Ode to Re­mem­brance and play­ing of The Last Post.

Fol­low­ing the ser­vice Cr Gaffney will plant a Gal­lipoli pine tree next to the cross.

Ruther­glen RSL Pres­i­dent Mr Neville Bain­bridge said he is thrilled with the ap­pear­ance of the cross.

“It’s ex­cel­lent and a fit­ting trib­ute to the ser­vice men and women of the dis­trict,” he said.

Sun­day’s event com­mences at 2pm at Car­lyle Ceme­tery, 167 Dis­tillery Road, Wah­gun­yah. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to at­tend.

A sin­gle block of gran­ite carved into the shape of a memo­rial cross will be un­veiled on Sun­day to mark the Cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice.

In­stal­la­tion process of the Car­lyle Cross. Nathan Prosser (sit­ting) from Me­mo­ri­als in Stone said the two pieces of gran­ite must come to­gether gen­tly – if they hit, one of the pieces could ex­plode.

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