Local MP, Karen Andrews is encouraging communities on the Gold Coast to contribute to the Australian War Memorial initiative Places of Pride— an online national register of war memorials will record the locations and images of every publicly accessible memorial in Australia.
Minister Andrews said Places of Pride reminds Australians that, irrespective of distance, the stories told at the Australian War Memorial are those of our communities across the length and breadth of the country.
“I invite all members of the community to take part in this initiative and contribute images of their community’s memorials. This is a challenge to every RSL, Local Government Authority, school, and community group to get a photograph taken and upload it. The more the better,” said Minister Andrews.
“The interactive online register will be the basis of a stunning new display in the proposed expanded galleries of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
“Visitors will be able to log in the name of their town on the website, whether the Gold Coast, Devonport, Gympie, St Kilda, Parramatta or Albany and see their memorial come to life”.
Minister Andrews said it was incredibly important to instil an ongoing sense of remembrance and respect in future generations of Australians.
“The way in which Australia commemorates our servicemen and women is just one of the many ways in which we publicly say to our ex-service community, thank you for your service,” she said.
Through Places of Pride the Australian War Memorial aims to connect all Australians, united by pride and loss, with each of these memorials from the Boer War through to Afghanistan.
Places of Pride can be found at: https://placesofpride.awm.gov.au.