WWII MEMORIALS RESTORED FOR 75th ANNIVERSARY

War memorials across NSW have secured vital funding for restoration works ahead of this year’s 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two.

Acting Minister for Veterans Geoff Lee said more than $120,000 in grants have been awarded for war memorial conservation projects, under the NSW Government’s Community War Memorials Fund.

“Our war memorials are precious monuments we need to cherish and protect as they give us a place to reflect and pay our respects to those brave soldiers who fought for the freedom we enjoy today,” said Mr Lee.

“World War Two memorials are significant in this round of grants because this year we will be remembering 75 years since Victory in the Pacific was declared, effectively ending the war.

“On August 15, communities across NSW will remember the courage and sacrifice of our World War Two soldiers and the NSW Government is ensuring local community memorials remain a true testament to the sacrifice made by our soldiers.”

Richmond Park War Memorial will receive $10,000 towards restoration of two 32 pound muzzle loaded cannons and their timber carriages. The cannons form an integral part of the war memorial and its connection to the local community, veterans and the Richmond RAAF base.

Sutton Public School will receive funds to preserve its memorial gates, in particular the Second World War plaque which records the names of 19 local veterans who served.

Other successful projects include the restoration of the Attunga War Memorial Gates and protective works to the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon, one of only three carillons in Australia.

The successful applicants for the Anzac Community Grants Program have also been announced with more than $50,000 to assist with projects which support activities and services, or promote appreciation and understanding, of military service personnel.

Round 2 of the Community War Memorials Fund is now open and closes 25 April 2020.

For more information, go to: www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/heritage/community-war-memorials-fund

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