A call to arms for me­mo­rial con­tent

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Charles Mi­randa

The pub­lic will have a prom­i­nent role in the Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial re­de­vel­op­ment, with a call to ev­ery town and city in the na­tion to take pho­to­graphs of their war memo­ri­als, ceno­taphs and me­mo­rial drives for an in­ter­ac­tive dis­play.

In what is likely to at­tract hun­dreds of thou­sands of con­tri­bu­tions, the AWM is cre­at­ing a na­tional regis­ter of ev­ery mil­i­tary me­mo­rial from the hum­ble school or bowl­ing and surf club hon­our board to the more elab­o­rate ceno­taph or lo­cal coun­cil me­mo­rial park.

The Places of Pride project will fea­ture a big TV screen where vis­i­tors will be able to push a but­ton and see im­ages sent in and per­haps a small de­scrip­tion.

“Our call is to ev­ery com­mu­nity, ev­ery RSL, ev­ery school, ev­ery lo­cal gov­ern­ment author- ity, ev­ery com­mu­nity group and nor­mal peo­ple to get a pho­to­graph of your lo­cal memo­ri­als and up­load them and if they want to give ex­tra in­for­ma­tion and his­tory, that is good,” AWM direc­tor Bren­dan Nel­son said.

“In the new gal­leries we are go­ing to have a gi­ant screen that will scroll these across, whether its Goondi­windi or Daven­port or Al­bany or Mor­phettville — you will be able to put your com­mu­nity in and see it come up.”

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