Post WWII monument to be dedicated following the 11am Walcha 2019 Anzac Day service

Stone masons busy working on the memorial this week
Stone masons busy working on the memorial this week

A seven-year project to install a monument to those who fought in conflicts post-WWII will be completed next Thursday when the new structure is dedicated in Walcha Anzac Memorial Park.

Following on from the end of the main Anzac service at 11 am MP Kevin Anderson will officiate at a short service to ensure the new sculpture will be included on the official list held by Monument Australia.

"This will involve wreath laying for the appropriate military actions, post-WWII, that our Walcha personnel have been involved in," said Walcha RSL vice president Elizabeth Gill.

Two Anzac Day services will be held at Walcha Anzac Memorial Park next Thursday, April 25.

The Dawn Service will commence at 6.00 am at the Cenotaph in the Anzac Memorial Park. This will be followed by breakfast at the Memorial Club. All the community are invited to attend and pay with a gold coin donation.

For the 11.00 am service, all personnel intending to march, are requested to gather at the corner of South, and Hill Streets at 10.30 am. The march will be led by Piper Jack McLaren, followed by the representatives of the 12th/16th Hunter River Lancers (who will also call the march), then ex-service and service personnel, then community participants and schools.

"Community members are invited to lay wreaths at the cenotaph at the main service and at the new monument at the appropriate times," Mrs Gill said.

"Limited seating is available at the cenotaph, so it is advisable to bring your own seat if needed."

At the completion of the 11.00 am services (approximately noon) the parade participants will 'fall in' on the corner of Hill and Derby Streets, and the march will then proceed downhill in Derby Street to turn right into Fitzroy Street and 'fall out' at McHatton Park. Lunch will be provided by the Walcha RSL Womens' Auxiliary at the Memorial Club at the cost of $5 per head.

"Community members, wearing their family military medals, are reminded that those medals are to be worn on the right side of their chest," Mrs Gill said.

"This year we have Piper Jack McLaren, the Sing Australia Walcha Group and Rev Ben France (playing The Last Post) at both services. The 12th/16th Hunter River Lancers will be providing the catafalque party for the 11.00 am service.

"David Salter will be doing a flyover when the march continues after the 11.00 am service and our guest of honour for the 11.00 am service will be Mr Kevin Anderson MP, Member for Tamworth."