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