Veterans get special wall in Gosnells

Geoff Wiltshire holds a plaque in front of  (left to right) Rotary Club president Ron Mildenhall, Steve Weaychan, Gosnells Mayor Dave Griffiths and Harry Rosielle. Picture: Jon Hewson               www.communitypix.com.au   d443014
Geoff Wiltshire holds a plaque in front of (left to right) Rotary Club president Ron Mildenhall, Steve Weaychan, Gosnells Mayor Dave Griffiths and Harry Rosielle. Picture: Jon Hewson               www.communitypix.com.au d443014

A UNIQUE Commemorative Wall of Remembrance is being offered to veterans who have served in conflicts from World War II onwards to be remembered in Gosnells.

The wall has been built along the heritage-listed avenue of trees on Lissiman Street in Gosnells.

One of the reasons why the wall is going to be built is because the old plaques to remember soldiers around the trees are 20 years old and some have been damaged.

The existing plaques will be replaced and put on the wall. The opening date is November 11. Project co-ordinator Steve Weychan said it was an opportunity to remember local people who have served.

“This is a wall of remembrance but not a memorial wall,” he said.

“We are inviting people in other conflicts – Afghanistan, Vietnam, etc. – to buy other plaques to remember them.

“This is totally unique.”

Mr Weychan said they were trying to recognise those in the City of Gosnells area.

Gosnells Mayor Dave Griffiths said it was an important wall for the city.

“It is nothing like remembering your past,” he said.

“It is just respect but is significant; we need to honour those people that did what they did.” The project is an initiative of the Rotary Club of Kenwick in partnership with the Gosnells RSL, Gosnells Community Men’s Shed and Amaroo Care Services.

The project has the assistance of funding under the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program and the City of Gosnells Community Sponsorship Program.

Plaques cost $100 each. Contact Steve Weychan on 0417 184 090.