Campbelltown City Council yesterday unveiled a new Anzac Memorial at Milton Park, Macquarie Fields, commemorating the service of local men and women across all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in the past 100 years.
The monument is one of a number of tangible ways in which Council is honouring the city’s veterans as part of its Anzac Centenary activities between 2014 and 2018.
It is a replica of the handmade, and individually numbered, Anzac Centenary commemorative awards which were presented to schools across Campbelltown City in 2015.
Like the awards, the monument uses timber from a Lone Pine seedling, as well as timber from Bardia Barracks, which were a part of the old Ingleburn Army Camp constructed in 1940 for the Australian Army.
Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic, said the significant monument, set amid ambient lighting in Milton Park, would serve as a permanent reminder of the sacrifice of our local heroes to park visitors and motorists who passed by along Henderson and Macquarie Roads, both day and night.
“Campbelltown’s service men and women were ordinary young people whose courage, sense of mateship and sacrifice, embodied the Anzac spirit that we as a nation hold so dear,” he said.
“I’m very proud Council has committed to commemorating their sacrifice through this, and other tributes, including the World War I memorial in Mawson Park, and the plinths which have pride of place at Ingleburn Railway Station.
“Council is also currently working on a tribute to the 7th Light Horse Infantry that will celebrate their part in the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba.”
The Anzac Memorial is complemented by a new barbecue and picnic shelter, adjacent to the monument, gifted to the Campbelltown City community by the Rotary Club of Ingleburn to celebrate its 40th anniversary.