Committee calling for final nominations
WIRE fencing sectioning off the site for Anglesea War Memorial is up and committee members are encouraging residents to provide nominations by month’s end.
Committee members launched the Anglesea and District War Memorial Appeal a year ago to provide a place for people returning from conflict, loved ones and descendants a place to reflect.
The Anglesea and District War Memorial will be located in Cameron Park, Anglesea and will be made of Aireys Inlet sandstone inset with name panels and artwork.
The surrounding garden includes comfortable seating, three flagpoles to display the Australian, New Zealand and Aboriginal flags, and lighting.
The memorial will include the names of men and women from the area who served their country in a conflict.
Committee member and Anglesea and District Historical Society Keith Hornibrook said the committee had complied 370 names from records but encouraged people to nominate those who served by November 30 to avoid disappointment.
“It’s exciting and a relief all in one,” Mr Hornibrook said of approaching the final stages of the campaign.
“We are starting to get to a stage where we can see something for what we have done.
“The memorial is not only a memorial for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, but to everyone… anyone who served in conflict and peacekeeping.
“It’s a place where you can remember your ancestors and what they went through, a place to show respect.”
Anglesea is one of relatively few towns in Australia which does not have a permanent War Memorial to honour those who served their country
The committee has raised more than $60,000 through a community appeal, with a target of $65,000. The project is supported by the Surf Coast Shire Council with in-kind contributions for project management.
To nominate, donate or learn more about the memorial people can head to angleseawarmemorial.com.au.
Donations can also be made at the Bendigo Community Bank in Anglesea.