New Glenwood memorial ensures Anzac legacy will live on

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien will today unveil a new memorial at Glenwood to honour Australians who have served in conflicts and peacekeeping missions.

The memorial plinth and plaque are surrounded by a brick memorial wall bearing the words ‘Lest We Forget’, and Mr O’Brien commended the Glenwood community for their effort in creating the meaningful reminder of the services and sacrifices made by Australian defence personnel.

“In addition to receiving $10,000 through the Coalition Government’s Saluting Their Service program, the Glenwood community raised $3,500 for the materials, the Gympie RSL provided funding for the plaque and volunteers laid the foundations and bricks for the wall, which makes it a real community effort,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I also commend the Glenwood Progress Association and Gympie RSL for their work in arranging a spectacular event with the Army Band and a gun carrier being present.

“It’s a fitting tribute to honour those who defend our country, and will ensure the people of Glenwood have a special place to remember the sacrifices made by our service-men and women, so their legacy is never forgotten.”

He congratulated Bob Bath for initiating the project, and Don Scott and the Glenwood Progress Association for their work to ensure Australian service personnel and veterans are remembered by current and future generations.

The project received $8,000 to construct the memorial and a further $2,000 to install flagpoles through the latest round of the Morrison Government’s Saluting Their Service grants program, which provided $1 million nationally to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australia’s defence force members.

Mr O’Brien encouraged community organisations throughout Wide Bay to consider applying for funding through the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program for projects to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage.

For more information on the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program visit the Community Grants Hub (www.communitygrants.gov.au).