Over the next few weeks the Two Wells War Memorial will undergo a rapid change.
The local RSL club has been hard at work fundraising for the past 12 months to create its unique, one-of-a-kind Afghanistan memorial garden, where 41 Australian soldiers killed in action will be honoured.
The WW1 memorial monument will also undergo restoration, with cleaning, realignment and foundation works all set to go head.
Two Wells RSL president, Tony Flaherty, said the Afghanistan memorial project would consist of a newly constructed paved area at the back of the memorial site, allowing for wheelchair and pram access, with each marble memorial stone listing the name of the soldier, their service number, and having a small rising sun emblem etched into it.
A larger rising sun emblem will be attached to the arch along the back stone wall of the site and roses are set to be planted between the memorial stones.
Mr Flaherty said families and individuals have been 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.”
The RSL hopes to have the new memorial completed for this year’s Anzac Day service.
RSL CLUB NEWS
Memberships for Two Wells RSL are now due and can be paid either by cheque or cash if paid at the sub-branch office on Old Port Wakefield Road.The RSL hall is open on Wednesdays 9am until 12 noon or Fridays from 3pm until close. Fees are still $25 per member for service and non-service members
$10 per associate for service members only.