THE sacrifice of Rokewood’s servicemen and women took centre stage at the opening of the town’s redeveloped war memorial last week.
Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, said she was proud to deliver on this key election commitment for Rokewood. The Federal Government has provided $34,000 for the project $30,000 from an election commitment made by Ms Henderson and $4,000 from a federal Saluting their Service grant. The Rokewood RSL has contributed another $5,000.
“War memorials are such important places for Australians to honour and remember our servicemen and women, both past and present,” Ms Henderson said. “This redevelopment will ensure future generations can continue to acknowledge the service and sacrifice by Australians to defend our country and way of life,” she said. “The construction of a rendered concrete wall to display the Tri-Service badges provides a place of honour listing the names of Rokewood citizens who have served Australia in conflicts since World War One.”
A memorial cross has also been erected with a chained perimeter and the memorial forecourt paved. “Special thanks must go to Rokewood RSL President, John Anthony, for all his hard work in making this wonderful project happen,” Ms Henderson said. “Other works included the installation of in-ground lighting and improvements to amenities.”
This funding is in addition to $125,000 being delivered to local projects across Corangamite to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac. “The Centenary of Anzac is such a significant time in our nation’s history. It is wonderful to see commemoration projects and events under way in so many local communities across Corangamite, and our nation.”