Cenotaph shines as Wonthaggi remembers
AFTER its fresh upgrade in 2015, Wonthaggi’s cenotaph will be luminous during this year’s Anzac Day dawn service.
The cenotaph was upgraded in early April last year – just in time for the 2015 service – and is again of glorious quality for this year’s commemoration.
“As part of last year’s centenary we redid the lights to illuminate the cenotaph at night. The rose garden was installed at the rear of Gallipoli pines in Soldiers Park and crosses were made in memory of those men from Wonthaggi and district who died in World War Two,” Wonthaggi RSL secretary Rod Gallagher said.
“It was critically important to go through with these upgrades. The cenotaph was looking run down and it needs to be given significance and prominence in the town. Considering the heritage of the site, it is certainly important we keep it well maintained for future services.”
While preparations are well underway for this year’s Anzac Day service, more plans are in consideration for another commemoration ceremony in August, 2016.
“The RSL will be holding a service at the cenotaph to commemorate 50 years of Australians in Vietnam,” Mr Gallagher said.
“This will be held one week after the commemorative date of August 18, but the official date is yet to be confirmed.”
The service will be followed by a light luncheon at the RSL.
“We’ve been looking at doing something for the Vietnam veterans but our official itinerary is a work in progress,” Mr Gallagher said.
The RSL also holds a library filled with nearly 900 military subject books for the community to come in and view during the RSL’s opening hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
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