Soldier honoured at San Remo dedication ceremony

The plaque dedicated to Lance Corporal McDonald.
The plaque dedicated to Lance Corporal McDonald.

FITNESS equipment was dedicated and a plaque unveiled at Eros Reserve, San Remo this morning in memory of Lance Corporal Mervyn McDonald, killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2012.

Mayor Rhys Williams said the equipment would remind users of the price of freedom,

“There’s not a more fitting place for gym equipment than this ocean side reserve for a man who planned to become a fitness instructor when he left the Army,’’ he said.

Lance Corporal McDonald’s mother Myrna Walker unveils the plaque, watched by Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams and Canning MHR Andrew Hastie.

Canning MHR Andrew Hastie said the elite soldier, who was involved in special operations, was dedicated to fitness and it was appropriate the plaque and equipment were adjacent to a facility (Mandurah Surf Life Saving Club) where members were dedicated to saving lives.

Lance Corporal McDonald served with the 2nd Commando Regiment and made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of freedom and liberty.

The City of Mandurah worked with his family who believed the equipment would be a fitting reminder of their son’s love for life.

The family chose Eros Reserve as a place where he loved to exercise and enjoy the beachside location.