FEDERAL LNP member for Wright, Scott Buchholz is encouraging all communities across the region to contribute to the Australian War Memorial initiative Places of Pride— an online national register of war memorials to record the locations and images of every publicly accessible memorial in Australia.
Mr Buchholz said Places of Pride reminds Australians that, irrespective of distance, the stories told at the Australian War Memorial are those of our communities across the length and breadth of the country.
“I invite all members of the community to take part in this initiative and contribute images of their community’s memorial,” he said.
Noel Parker from the Beaudesert RSL Sub-Branch said Scenic Rim memorials were important to the region and worthy of inclusion on a national register.
Apart from the usual cenotaphs listing names of those who lost their lives in war, Scenic Rim communities also recently installed public memorials to unsung heroes including war animals and volunteers.
“Our memorials are not just to honour those who went to war and never came back- they also honour their families and people whose names may not be on the cenotaph,” he said.
“We also honour people who did not go to war – the women’s armies, the land armies and the workforce – all the people who made the community and in fact made the country what it is.
“Our memorials get incredible public support from school-aged kids and beyond as we have seen with the growing numbers of people who turn up on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.”
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Mr Buchholz said everyone was invited to submit photos to the register.
“This is a challenge to every RSL, local government authority, school, and community group to get a photograph taken and upload it – the more the better.”
“The interactive online register will be the basis of a stunning new display in the proposed expanded galleries of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
“Visitors will be able to log in the name of their town on the website, whether it’s Beechmont, Boonah, Jimboomba, Laidley or Beaudesert and see their memorial come to life”.
Mr Buchholz said it was incredibly important to instill an ongoing sense of remembrance and respect in future generations of Australians.
“The way in which Australia commemorates our servicemen and women is just one of the many ways in which we publicly say to our ex-service community, thank you for your service,” he said.
“Through Places of Pride the Australian War Memorial aims to connect all Australians, united by pride and loss, with each of these memorials from the Boer War through to Afghanistan.”
More information about Places of Pride can be found at placesofpride.awm.gov.au