Armistice Centenary Memorial honours our war heroes
A memorial honouring the Armistice Centenary and the sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and women has been built in Campbelltown’s Mawson Park to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I.
The Armistice Centenary Memorial will be unveiled during a Remembrance Day Commemorative Service for Schools, called A Day to Remember, at Mawson Park on Friday.
A Day to Remember will be held in the lead up to Remembrance Day on Sunday 11 November, which this year will carry additional meaning because it will mark a century since the guns fell silent on the Western Front.
An Armistice Centenary Memorial is also being built in Ingleburn’s Milton Park.
Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic said the Armistice Centenary Memorials will be a permanent mark of respect and recognition of the sacrifices made by the Australians who served in World War I, as well as the contributions made by their families, friends and other Australians at home during this difficult time.
“We wanted to pay our respects and honour the efforts and bravery of our servicemen and women,’’ he said.
“It’s because of the sacrifices they made in war that we are able to live in peace and freedom in Australia today.
“The Armistice Centenary Memorials will also enable our younger and future generations to remember and recognise Australia’s military past and the bravery of those who went to war.
“The memorials will keep our Anzac spirit alive for future generations to come.’’
The memorials are part of the Federal Armistice Centenary Grant Program and thanks to the support of Macarthur Federal Labor MP Dr Mike Freelander and Werriwa Federal Labor MP Anne Stanley.
Each memorial consists of a corten steel body with cut outs of aluminium poppies, known as the flowers of remembrance, painted in red and with a halo light effect around them.
The left side of the memorials feature the words Lest We Forget in aluminium letter cut outs.
A graphics panel on the right side of the memorials includes a brief history of Armistice Day and photos from World War I.
Both memorials will complement the existing 100 Years of Anzac Memorials which are located in both parks.