Places of pride in this re­gion

The Gympie Times - - YOUR SAY -

I WOULD like to draw the at­ten­tion of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, halls, schools, and stand alone war memo­ri­als, tablets, wall hon­our boards record­ing the dis­trict’s de­fence ser­vice since the Boer War on.

There must be hun­dreds in the shire.

Woolooga Hall has three hon­our boards and a more re­cent memo­rial park with plaques.

In a small ru­ral com­mu­nity, one WW1 memo­rial with 44 names lists nine dead and 13 wounded, with groups of fam­ily names to show the re­sponse to vol­un­teer. That is just one small vil­lage.

Aus­tralia is unique that we list all who en­listed, whereas over­seas only list the dead.

The Aus­tralian War Memo­rial has a project called Places of Pride, col­lat­ing a na­tional reg­is­ter of war memo­ri­als how­ever big or small, in a town, or alone and al­most for­got­ten in some of the ghost areas of yes­ter­days com­mu­ni­ties.

They would like ev­ery­one to be in­volved, and add pho­tos of memo­ri­als to their in­ter­ac­tive map.

How hard can that be in this mo­bile phone era?

One click and an email. Visit https://places of pride.awm.gov.au to cre­ate an ac­count.

Per­haps schools could make it a his­tory project, churches, ser­vice clubs, RSLs, fam­ily his­tory groups, for­mer ser­vice per­son­nel, or in­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als.

Cut this let­ter out and stick it on your fridge.

If you can add any per­sonal in­for­ma­tion about some of the en­tries even bet­ter.

If you have any queries don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact the project team by email­ing memo­ri­als @awm.gov.au. G. Pen­rose, Gympie

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