Preparations for World War I com­mem­o­ra­tion in­com­plete

Albany Advertiser - - OPINION - John Robert­son, Al­bany

I have been in­volved for the past five years with the com­mem­o­ra­tion of World War I and at­tend­ing many fo­rums and meet­ings by those put in charge to cre­ate a five-year project cul­mi­nat­ing in a grand cel­e­bra­tion.

I find it in­ter­est­ing that Al­bany RSL pres­i­dent Ge­off McNeill hopes the Aus­tralian armed forces may par­tic­i­pate, ( Al­bany Ad­ver­tiser, 26/6).

In fair­ness, Mr McNeill is try­ing his best in the hope the coun­cil and he can cre­ate an event with ground lights on the Av­enue of Hon­our.

He also sug­gests we may not get much be­cause we've got to take our turn and see what hap­pens.

We should be re­minded that at the first meet­ing at the town hall five years ago, a jun­ket of dig­ni­taries ad­vised us they were put in charge to or­gan­ise a five-year pro­gram for Al­bany con­cern­ing the recog­ni­tion of Al­bany's con­tri­bu­tion to World War I. They had an agenda for the next five years cul­mi­nat­ing in a grand fi­nale in 2018.

Six months later they ap­peared at an­other meet­ing at Al­bany Town Hall and ad­vised us what a good hard-work­ing bunch of blokes they were in light of what they had achieved. They were ad­vised they would be con­grat­u­lated after they fin­ished their job. It is time for our mayor, RSL rep­re­sen­ta­tive, lo­cal mem­ber and Fed­eral mem­ber to ad­vise those in charge they haven't fin­ished their job, and a fly­over by our air force and naval ships in our har­bour should be au­to­matic.

It should be re­minded that Gra­ham Ed­wards’ part of the jun­ket promised he would pur­sue the re­turn of our horse head from the Na­tional War Museum.

We are still wait­ing for his re­port as to what is happening.

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