Anzac memorial trail

Plans for Anzac Park: Circular Head RSL WWI Centenary Committee’s Lizzy Gale, Sue Popowski and president Rod Wells welcome funding from the Armistice Centenary Grants Program funding, together with Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay (second from right).

Project. A memorial trail honouring Circular Head’s 84 fallen World War One veterans will be built in Smithton.

The trail, around the perimeter of Anzac Park, is made possible thanks to $5595 from the federal government’s Armistice Centenary Grants Program.

The grant will allow for the purchase of plaques placed in front of individual trees for each fallen veteran.

These plaques will complement the recently completed Vietnam Memorial and plans for memorials for conflicts in Korea, Malaysia and World War Two.

The project is part of Circular Head RSL WWI Centenary Committee’s plans to recognise Armistice Day this year, together with Circular Head Council and local schools.

In 2015, students from Circular Head Christian School and Smithton High School completed research on the WWI veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

This year, the schools have been invited to make waterproof poppies for the service, and the committee is hoping to create a field of poppies around the cenotaph.

By the Centenary of Armistice service on November 11, the project will have started however the committee now awaits further funding to cover the cost of trees for the memorial trail.

The Armistice Centenary Grants Program recognises projects that commemorate the end of the First World War, remember Australian service men and women from all conflicts, and celebrate a just and secure peace.

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