The Lithgow RSL Sub-Branch has received a $1,200 grant under the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.
The funding is being put towards the refurbishment of six flagpoles that are used by the Lithgow community to commemorate Australia’s service personnel.
Member for Calare and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education, Andrew Gee MP commended the Sub-Branch members for their work when he visited on Tuesday.
“The Lithgow RSL Sub-Branch has been running for over ninety years,” Mr Gee said.
“Every war since WW2 is represented within their membership base.
“It’s been a long time since the flag poles received some attention and this funding will assist in preserving the memories of our brave country men and women who sacrificed so much for us.
“Upgrading the weighted necklaces, ropes and clips to support three flags at the Sub-Branch headquarters and another three at Queen Elizabeth Park means the whole community can pay their respects, both at commemorative services and throughout the week,” Mr Gee said.
Secretary of the Lithgow RSL Sub-Branch, Michael Cuthbert thanked the Australian Government for the funding assistance.
“On behalf of the members and the executive we are very grateful for the grant as without it we would not be able to make any improvements to the branch,” Mr Cuthbert said.
“The Sub-Branch is a great place for members to come together and to support each other. This grant allows us to continue doing what we do,” Mr Cuthbert added.
The Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program is designed to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage; involve people around the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations; and promote appreciation and understanding of the experiences of service and the roles that those who served have played in shaping the nation.