Australian soldiers killed in recent actions will be forever honoured in Two Wells with the construction of a unique memorial.
Two Wells Returned Services League president, Tony Flaherty, said the $60,000 project would see 40 memorial stones erected at the current war memorial site on the main street.
“We’re doing this in the honor of the men and women who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns who have lost their lives,” Mr Flaherty said.
“It’s to pay homage to them.”
The project will see a new paved area constructed at the back of the WWI war memorial, allowing visitors and residents to easily access, view and read the special memorial stones.
Roses will be planted between the stones and a large, golden, rising sun emblem will feature on the back wall.
Each marble memorial stone will have the fallen soldiers’ name, service number, and a small rising sun emblem etched into it.
Mr Flaherty said families and individuals will be given the opportunity to be involved in the project by purchasing a memorial stone in honour of a soldier killed in action.
“That soldier then becomes part of their family,” Mr Flaherty said.
“The soldier belongs to that family, and the family will be encouraged to come along to each Anzac Day and Remembrance Day service, to bring their children and grandchildren along, and hopefully the soldier’s memory will be passed down through the generations and they will grow up knowing this is their soldier. In this way that soldier’s memory will forever live on and their sacrifice will be remembered.”
Mr Flaherty said families would be invited to place a wreath or poppy on their soldiers’ memorial stone at remembrance services held throughout the year.
As part of the project the WWI monument will also undertake a facelift, with the monument set to be taken apart, cleaned and repaired before being put back together and realigned.
The RSL hopes to have the new memorial completed in time for next year’s ANZAC Day service.
Anyone interested in purchasing a memorial stone can contact Tony Flaherty on 0412 773 111 or drop into the Two Wells RSL hall on Wednesdays or Fridays.