Re­stored war me­mo­rial de­serves to stand tall

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

I AM a re­cent ar­rival to the Clare­mont com­mu­nity and was greatly dis­tressed to see the ar­ti­cle in last week’s edi­tion re­gard­ing the pro­posal to re­lo­cate the 93-year-old war me­mo­rial from a place of hon­our to one of ob­scu­rity.

That me­mo­rial is a tes­ta­ment to the men and women who gave their lives so we can live in a com­mu­nity and coun­try that en­joys peace and pros­per­ity.

Ev­ery time I walk past that mon­u­ment to he­roes who would be for­got­ten, I thank God for the three un­cles I never met be­cause they had the courage to do what their coun­try asked of them.

Shame on the coun­cil for its lack of re­spect, short­sight­ed­ness and in pan­der­ing to vot­ers who give their free­doms so lit­tle re­gard.

If the me­mo­rial needs restora­tion then re­store it.

Restora­tion of the me­mo­rial is a small price to pay to thank those who paid with their lives.

It de­serves to stand tall and proud so that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will re­mem­ber that their free­dom came at a price. Doug Smith,

Clare­mont.

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