Vandalised Memorial Ribbons monument resurrected in time for Anzac Day


Linton Reynolds: War has taken a serious toll on the area.
Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d468234
Vandalised Memorial Ribbons monument resurrected in time for Anzac Day
Linton Reynolds: War has taken a serious toll on the area. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d468234

THE Memorial Ribbons monument is set to return to Armadale just in time for Anzac Day.

Commemorating the various battles Australians have fought in since World War I, the iconic installation is coming back to Memorial Park after being vandalised in 2015.

Previous Armadale mayor Linton Reynolds, who served for six years in the Vietnam War, said war had taken a |serious toll on the local area, especially during the first Battle for Bullecourt on April 11 1917.

“When you consider the population of the district was less than 1000, there were many families impacted on that one day,” Mr Reynolds said.

“For weeks afterwards, there were telegrams arriving. It was sometimes not known for months whether people were missing or captured, and the district was on edge, as many districts would have been.”

The April 11 battle marked the first attempt to breach the heavily fortified Hindenberg line of German defences, and 23 local families received the much-feared telegram over the following weeks resulting from that one day.

Four Armadale and Serpentine/Jarrahdale locals were killed, nine wounded, and 10 captured by German forces.

A second Battle for Bullecourt took place three weeks later, with another two local men killed in action with nine wounded in action.

The Memorial Ribbons commemorative art piece represents not only those who went overseas but those who stayed behind and lost someone.

The five bars cover the ribbons that might have been |received during the respective wars, from World War I |to World War II, Korea, |Vietnam, and contemporary Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor.

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