Memo­rial plaques pre­served

Melville Times - - News - Aaron Cor­lett

PLAQUES recognising the sac­ri­fices of Aus­tralian ser­vice peo­ple will be un­veiled at the Ap­ple­cross RSL Sub Branch Hall on Re­mem­brance Day.

The plaques were moved from the clock tower at Gar­den City ahead of the shop­ping cen­tre’s re­de­vel­op­ment.

There were fears the plaques might be de­stroyed but a $4500 Fed­eral Govern­ment grant al­lowed the sub­branch to take pos­ses­sion of the items from the City of Melville and move them to their new home.

Sub-branch pres­i­dent Craig Chap­man said the tim­ing of mov­ing the plaques was im­por­tant be­cause it was the cen­te­nary of the Armistice that ended World War I.

“Tangney MHR Ben Mor­ton will pull the string and un­veil the plaques,” he said.

“The plaques hold so many mem­o­ries so it was im­por­tant that they stay in the City af­ter be­ing lo­cated at the clock tower for years and years. It’s also im­por­tant that the plaques are there for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to look at and we’ve in­cluded a back­lit light to il­lu­mi­nate them at night.”

Mr Chap­man said Re­mem­brance Day was an im­por­tant time for the pub­lic to ac­knowl­edge the ser­vice peo­ple who gave their lives for the coun­try.

“It’s a time to say thanks to the peo­ple who kept us all safe and made this a pros­per­ous na­tion,” he said.

The City of Melville and sub-branch’s ser­vice will be­gin at the War Memo­rial in Wire­less Hill Park at 10.55am be­fore morn­ing tea is served at 11.15am.

The plaques will be un­veiled at the Sub Branch Hall at 98 Kin­tail Road, Ap­ple­cross, at 1pm be­fore light re­fresh­ments are served at 1.20pm.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d488151

Ap­ple­cross RSL Sub Branch mem­bers Wayne Smith, Craig Chap­man and Barry O'Neill with one of the plaques.

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