Post 73 Memorial Update               

 

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A Memorial for those who Served 1973 - 2018                                              

 

In late 2015 the Tamworth Young Veterans Group was considering the possibility of erecting a contemporary memorial in Tamworth. Encouraged by the local RSL sub Branch, a decision was taken to proceed and the chosen site was Railway Memorial Park, Marius Street, Tamworth.

 

Railway Memorial Park is currently home to four memorials - the Boer War Memorial, honouring those who fought for the Empire in the South African War of 1899-1902; the Korea, Malaya and Borneo Memorial commemorating those who served in the Korean War and the conflicts in Malaya and Borneo; the Vietnam Memorial dedicated to those who served in the Vietnam War; and the National Servicemen’s Memorial, which honours those who undertook national service in the Australian Defence Forces from 1951-1972.

 

Once established, the new memorial will be a focus for honouring all who served in the Australian Defence Force, 1973-2018, regardless of service or deployment nature. It will be a contemporary design, incorporating the logo of the Young Veterans organisation and the RSL badge. It will symbolise not just the service of the Young Veterans but also the strong relationship that exists between all veteran generations within the Tamworth RSL sub-Branch.

 

Because of its positioning within a heritage precinct, the design of the memorial has changed significantly since its conception. It must comply with strict heritage guidelines that govern its height, use of materials and colour spectrum. However, the memorial has also been designed with education in mind, integrating technology that links to an application which visitors to the memorial can download to their devices. Through the application, they will be able to explore the conflicts, peacekeeping and humanitarian missions identified on the memorial.

 

Planning is well under way and the memorial is to be dedicated on 5th May 2018, which is also the 100th Anniversary of the Tamworth RSL sub-Branch. It is hoped that the unveiling will be conducted by the Governor of NSW, His Excellency, General, The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd).

 

Working towards this memorial has been an illuminating process for the Young Veterans who have had to establish many links within the Tamworth community. They have learned how local councils work; have navigated their way through numerous grant application processes; stretched their minds and bodies fund-raising and gained a deeper understanding of the workings of the RSL. Most importantly, however, they have strengthened their own self-worth, both as individuals and as members of a team. They have also awakened their pride as civilians who have something to offer their community.

                                                   

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