Memorial stands proud

Mr Richardson with City of Belmont Mayor Phil Marks at the re-dedicated memorial. Picture: David Baylis d435764
Mr Richardson with City of Belmont Mayor Phil Marks at the re-dedicated memorial. Picture: David Baylis d435764

BELMONT RSL president Alan Richardson says the new Belmont War Memorial is something the community can be proud of.

The memorial was first erected on Great Eastern Highway near the corner of Stoneham Street in Belmont and unveiled by the Governor, Sir Francis Newdegate, on September 23, 1923, before being moved to Faulkner Park in 1972 due to the widening of Great Eastern Highway.

Now, a new, proud memorial stands at Faulkner Park after a $280,000 upgrade.

�It looks absolutely magnificent,� Mr Richardson said.

Upgrades included the installation of ramps for disabled access, additional flagpoles and panels for artwork and commemorative plaques.

Mr Richardson said it had been built so it could be further developed over the years ahead by adding plaques and other artwork.

It also includes public artwork by concrete artist Margaret Dillon, whose work Remembrance Floral includes red Flanders Poppy motifs on the exterior facing panels.

Work on the memorial started in December last year and included the demolition of walls and the retention of the main obelisk, which is the centrepiece of the memorial.

Belmont Mayor Phil Marks said it was fitting the memorial be upgraded to coincide with the Anzac centenary commemorations.

�The Belmont War Memorial was originally erected to commemorate those that died in World War I. The memorial now recognises and commemorates all those men and women who have been involved in all wars and conflicts,� he said.

�The City of Belmont has now added another chapter to this very significant memorial that takes pride of place in Faulkner Park.�

The memorial will be rededicated at a special service on April 19.

The service will start at 1.55pm at Faulkner Park.