Tree ded­i­ca­tion rooted in re­mem­brance

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

DED­I­CAT­ING a pine tree grown from seeds of the his­toric Lone Pine af­ter which the 1915 Gal­lipoli bat­tle­field was named will bring the Mos­man Park RSL to­gether at 11am on Re­mem­brance Day to­mor­row.

“It’s an­other great chap­ter in the his­tory of recog­nis­ing ser­vice for this coun­try,” Mos­man Park RSL pres­i­dent Kevin Poyn­ton, a former army of­fi­cer, said.

Af­ter World War I, Lance Cor­po­ral Benjamin Smith brought the Gal­lipoli pine’s seeds to Aus­tralia, from which his mother grew seedlings that decades later pro­duced the tree which former Mos­man Park RSL pres­i­dent Ken Walker (98) planted in 2006.

Mr Poyn­ton said the tree was an en­dur­ing sym­bol of courage and sac­ri­fice in the cen­te­nary of the Galipolli con­flict.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

Mos­man Park RSL pres­i­dent Kevin Poyn­ton at the tree which will be at the cen­tre of the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony and whose ori­gins are from the Gal­lipoli bat­tle­field.

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