Preparations for World War I commemoration incomplete
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.