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COMMEMORATING WWI SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN IN LITHGOW AND PORTLAND

COMMEMORATING WWI SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN IN LITHGOW AND PORTLAND

Two projects in the Lithgow area have received grants through the Australian Government’s Armistice Centenary Grants Program to commemorate Australia’s role in the First World War and pay tribute to our service men and women.


Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee today announced $6,000 for the Lithgow World War One Commemorative Plaque project, while a further $3,750 has been allocated to the Portland RSL-Sub Branch.


Mr Gee said the $6,000 grant for the Lithgow World War One Commemorative project will cover the cost of a plaque listing the names of those 768 Lithgow service men and women who served during World War One.


“The bronze plaque, which will be placed in Elizabeth Park, will honour those 768 people from the Lithgow area who served in World War One and fought for our freedom,” Mr Gee said.


“Over the past three years, members of the Lithgow World War One Commemorative Project Inc. have worked tirelessly identifying those who either returned from service or paid the ultimate sacrifice, and who are not listed on the existing World War One Cenotaph in Lithgow which was first erected in 1917.


“The plaque will give these service men and women the long overdue public recognition they deserve and provide a lasting memorial for their descendants.”


The Portland RSL-Sub Branch will receive $3,750 to add an additional 104 names to the existing memorial, also commemorating the service of men and women from the First World War.


Both of these projects represent successful applicants receiving funding for community projects to commemorate Australia’s wartime history and the 100th anniversary of the Armistice recently announced by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Darren Chester.


“Commemorating this important date in our history is a true testament to the success of the Anzac Centenary 2014–18 and I have no doubt both projects will create a lasting legacy of remembrance in the Lithgow and Portland communities,” Mr Gee added.


“The commitment of organisations such as the Portland RSL Sub-Branch and Lithgow World War One Commemorative Project Inc. ensures communities like ours can preserve our local history for future generations.”

Under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program, every electorate in Australia will receive up to $50,000 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War.