Town to honour fallen for years to come at new memorial
PROSERPINE residents will be able to honour the fallen at a new war memorial next Remembrance Day with support from a Federal Government grant.
The Proserpine War Memorial will be replaced with a new cenotaph thanks to a $67,000 grant from the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.
The cenotaph will be built just around the corner from the old one between the Proserpine Entertainment Centre and St Paul's Anglican Church.
Proserpine RSL representatives removed the marble plaques from the old cenotaph.
Dawson MP George Christensen said the new cenotaph would ensure the people of Proserpine continued to honour Australian servicemen and women.
"This new memorial will stand proudly at the heart of the town to remind locals of those that made the ultimate sacrifice for their freedom," he said.
"The old cenotaph was wearing away, damaged and had some spelling errors on the plaques.
"This new memorial will be much more resilient to inclement weather and will serve as the centre piece for Anzac Day and Remembrance Day ceremonies for many generations to come."
Division 3 Councillor John Collins said the new cenotaph would be completed by Remembrance Day 2021.
"It's a great focal point, a lot of local family members' names are on it," he said.
"It's going to be good when it gets up and running again, at least that way they'll be able to do all the services back where they belong.
"We've got Remembrance Day in a few weeks' time and obviously this one won't be here for the celebrations, but I (encourage) the public to get behind the services wherever they can this year because the fact that we couldn't celebrate Anzac Day this year."
Mayor Andrew Willcox said the new cenotaph would be able to "stand the test of time" and help educate several generations of the Proserpine community.
"I think it's so important that we honour the people who laid down their lives to make this country a great place to live in that we enjoy every single day," he said.