A beautiful stone wall commemorating the past and present service men and women of Anglesea and District was officially opened in Anglesea’s Cameron Park on Sunday 27 February at 1.30pm.
The Memorial was opened by Michael Ronaldson, Former Minister for Veterans Affairs, Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac and Special Minister of State, and an Anglesea resident.
The Australian, New Zealand and RSL flags were raised for the first time by Anglesea RSL representatives Peter Van den Hoogen and Ian Drummond with David Marsh, whose father’s and grandfather’s names are on the plaques.
Three plaques listing the names of 395 Anglesea and district men and women who served from World War1 through to present times have been installed on the wall. A locally handcrafted corten steel emblem, lighting effects, a stone seat, and landscaping of a commemorative garden complete the space.
This the first time Anglesea and District RSL had had any name plaques listing locals who had served their country. The quest to create the Memorial Wall began in 2019 and was achieved when the local community responded generously to the appeal to raise $65,000 and the hard work of the Anglesea and District War Memorial Committee.
Names are included from the district including Aireys Inlet, Moggs Creek and Eastern View on the Great Ocean Road and inland areas including Bellbrae.
Of the names on the plaques, 109 served in World War 1, 252 World War 2, 34 in Post 1945 conflicts including the Korean War, Malayan Emergency, Borneo & Indonesian Confrontation, Vietnam War, Afghanistan and the Middle East, as well as National Service, peacetime ADF and Peacekeeping.
Part of the opening celebrations also included the “Know our Names” Exhibition, held over three days at the Anglesea Hall from the Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May, telling the stories of the people of our plaques,
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