War memorial work to start

Terry Reynolds (Gosnels) secretary Cannington RSL
Terry Reynolds (Gosnels) secretary Cannington RSL

The Canning RSL secretary said it was important to remember everyone who fought for the country.

‘You’ve got to start remembering all the other fellas who were in the other battles around that time (1915) and the other battles that have been fought since, remembering the guys who sacrificed themselves to help Australia,’ he said.

The 80-year-old said the existing war memorial was aesthetically pleasing but too small for large crowds.

The new memorial will include tributes to all wars from the Boer War to present conflicts, including Afghanistan.

Works are scheduled to start in October and will incorporate a stage area for community events.

It is hoped the memorial will be finished in time for the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli on April 25, 2015.

City of Canning commissioner Linton Reynolds said it was important the young men and women coming home from Afghanistan did not feel excluded.

‘I’m a Vietnam vet and I felt very excluded when I came home,’ he said.

‘So I think it is very important that we come up with a memorial that gives them as much recognition as anyone else and they feel a part of it.

‘I’ve also asked that the memorial encompasses within its thinking and its theme, not just the people that go away and fight, but the people who are left behind.

The new memorial will be located in the Civic Amphitheatre behind the City of Canning Administration.