Take a snapshot of our Places of Pride

December 11, 2018


Take a snapshot of our Places of Pride

Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien is encouraging local organisations to ensure Wide Bay’s servicemen and women are remembered long into the future, by adding their war memorials to the Australian War Memorial initiative Places of Pride.

Places of Pride is an online national register of war memorials that will record the locations and images of every publicly accessible memorial in Australia, which Mr O’Brien said would remind 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 strongly encourage everyone to take part in this initiative and contribute images of their community’s memorials, so that the sacrifices made are never forgotten,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This is a call to every RSL, local council, school, and community group to take a photograph 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 search the name of their town on the website, whether they’re from Murgon, Noosa, Maryborough or Gympie, and see their memorial come to life”.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said it was incredibly important to instil 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,

Place of Pride can be found at: https://placesofpride.awm.gov.au.

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