Wagin memorial upgrades lay foundations for Anzac day service

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Tom ShanahanThe West Australian
New commemorative seating arrived funded by RSL WA.
Camera IconNew commemorative seating arrived funded by RSL WA. Credit: Picture: Sherryl Chilcott

New commemorative seating and a fresh bed of roses paved the way for the Wagin community to pay its respects on Anzac Day.

About 11am on Sunday, April 25, former defence personnel led a parade of emergency responders and other community members down Ballagin Street to the service at the Wagin War Memorial.

“This service of remembrance was very much a community-building opportunity as a number of kids attended alongside the aged and former service members which made it an intergenerational event,” Shire of Wagin chief executive Bill Atkinson said.

Anzac day parade in Wagin.
Camera IconAnzac day parade in Wagin. Credit: Sherryl Chilcott

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The service showcased upgrades to the memorial precinct.

After the last Anzac Day gathering in 2019, the Shire received funding to plant a row of red roses along the west side of the memorial and install two seats, which arrived just in time for this year’s service.

The two steel seats have red poppies embossed into them, with “Lest we forget” engraved into the seating.

The park next to the memorial has been upgraded with a rose garden and shelter.

Mr Atkinson said the seats were put back into storage after Anzac Day because the town’s war memorial was set for more upgrades through the Federal Local Roads Infrastructure Community Program.

“We are only part way through upgrades to the memorial... what we have planned next is treatment to the concrete area around the memorial which will either be painted or polished in red or paved,” he said.

“We are also looking to install lighting which will point up at the memorial to light it up at night.”

The upgrades to the War Memorial are due to be completed by December, but Mr Atkinson said they have set their targets on having all upgrades finished within three months.

Anita Hamersley and Jos Brummelman lay wreath on behalf of St John Ambulance Wagin.
Camera IconAnita Hamersley and Jos Brummelman lay wreath on behalf of St John Ambulance Wagin. Credit: Sherryl Chilcott

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