None for­got­ten in war char­ity

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local -

SUE Carter is on a mis­sion to en­sure the sac­ri­fices made by war vet­er­ans, in­clud­ing those buried at the Perth War Ceme­tery in Kar­rakatta, are never for­got­ten.

Ms Carter has a long-term aim to see a hu­man­i­tar­ian poppy cross placed each Re­mem­brance Day in front of the graves of ev­ery vet­eran to have served the Com­mon­wealth.

The lo­cal ar­chae­ol­o­gist was in­spired by the death of her brother Nick, a Cap­tain in the Bri­tish Army.

She said she wanted his mem­ory, and that of other vet­er­ans, to live on for­ever.

“There is noth­ing sad­der than see­ing graves of sol­diers left with no sign of re­mem­brance each An­zac and Re­mem­brance Day,” she said.

“I want to en­sure that even if there are no fam­ily or de­scen­dants of those who gave the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice to lay wreaths or pop­pies, they will not be for­got­ten.”

It is a big task ex­pected to cost mil­lions.

Ms Carter has es­tab­lished a char­ity to aid her cause and has li­aised with the Of­fice of Aus­tralian War Graves to fol­low through on her plan.

In 2015, 150 crosses were placed at the New Mu­nich Trench Bri­tish Ceme­tery in Somme, France. Lo­cal school­child­ren vol­un­teered to place and col­lect the crosses.

The tar­get for Loyal Poppy Crosses in 2016 is to place pop­pies at the New Mu­nich Trench Bri­tish Ceme­tery, Frank­furt Trench Bri­tish Ceme­tery and Wag­gon Road Ceme­tery in France, and the Perth War Ceme­tery in Kar­rakatta.

Re­turned Ser­vice League WA pres­i­dent Peter Aspinall wel­comed ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing Ms Carter’s, that com­mem­o­rate Aus­tralian vet­er­ans.

“It re­ally is a great way to hon­our her brother, those that died but also those that sur­vived and oth­ers who have strug­gled since re­turn­ing from war,” he said.

For in­for­ma­tion visit www.loy­alpop­py­crosses.com.

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