VICTOR HARBOR – The laying of six Memorial Stones has added to the wartime historical significance of Soldiers Memorial Gardens. The stones were laid on Friday, June 16 and are an ongoing project of the Centenary of Anzac and the Victor Harbor RSL.
The stones were donated by Victor Harbor Quarry and had the full support of the City of Victor Harbor. Victor Harbor RSL president David Miller was full of praise for the workers from the City of Victor Harbor.
“Malcolm Lintern, Mike Ross and their team have been fantastic in the construction of the Memorial Stones,” Mr Miller said.
“At the Victor Harbor RSL we are fortunate to have members like Malcolm Harrington and the history research team, who have been invaluable in researching and co-ordinating the content on the plaques.”
Malcolm Harrington said the RSL was on a mission to restore the dignity of Soldiers Memorial Gardens.
“With the addition this year of the flag poles and Memorial Stones we are getting there. We have a vision and the support of the City of Victor Harbor is terrific. The significance of the Memorial Stones is part of the recognition of what residents in this town of Victor Harbor played in times of conflict,” Mr Harrington said.
“Veterans SA have been most supportive with our projects and have been most impressed with Soldiers Memorial Gardens and what has been achieved. They have supplied grant funding of $3000 to assist us.”
The plaques are a history lesson on the conflicts in World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Boer War, the Boxer Rebellion in China and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq which are ongoing.
RSL is on a mission to restore the dignity of Soldiers Memorial Gardens
It’s been a big week for the Victor Harbor RSL with service members voting unanimously at its AGM on June 14, to take the economic measures necessary to support the relocation of its base to the Victor Harbor oval. The RSL plans to link with the Victor Harbor Football Club to build a facility at the oval. “We wanted this decision to be unanimous and we got it,” Mr Miller said.