Memorial keeps the spirit alive

School captains Declan (left) and Sean Allen and Fletcher Creed with project manager Fred Hoskings at the new foundation for the Anzac memorial at Wyrallah public school.
School captains Declan (left) and Sean Allen and Fletcher Creed with project manager Fred Hoskings at the new foundation for the Anzac memorial at Wyrallah public school. Doug Eaton

The Anzac spirit will be rekindled in the young when the Second World War memorial at the Wyrallah Public school is renovated and rededicated, thanks to the drive of former student Fred Hoskins.

"I went to school here in the 1940s and my father was the mover and shaker behind the original memorial. He was a returned soldier from World War I," Mr Hoskins, a member of the P&C, said.

The original memorial to Second World War veterans was at the old entrance to the school and made of concrete pillars with a steel archway over the top, and 'REMEMBER' written on it. But the pillars had started to crumble and the metal work was missing letters and scrappy looking.

The new memorial is a replica of the original, but with granite pillars.

It will also be repositioned so it is under the school's flagpole and adjacent to the current entrance.

The co-captains of the school, brothers Sean and Declan Allen and Fletcher Creed, were looking forward to seeing the new memorial.

"It reminds us of the soldiers who fought for us," Sean Allen said.

Cecil Harris, president of the Lismore City RSL sub-branch said the new memorial was a great initiative.

"It is very important that the younger generation is involved in these things. You need young people on board to keep the Anzac spirit alive," he said.

It also important that schools maintain the memorials they have because many have disappeared as schools closed down he said.

"A lot of the old school halls were memorial halls, but they have been lost," he said.

A ceremony on April 27th is planned to include a rededication service from Lismore-based Chaplain Margaret Davis.

The project received $3,500 in federal funding from the Department of Veteran Affairs through its Saluting Their Service program.

There has also been plenty of volunteer effort put into the project said principal Lisa Fahy.


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