A short ceremony was held at the Romsey end of the AVENUE of HONOUR following the main RSL Remembrance Day service in Lancefield. The Avenue of Honour is a joint initiative of Romsey Lancefield RSL and Rotary.
Members of West Bourke Books Inc and their families, RSL members, Rotarians and others gathered to unveil two new plaques.
The First was for KOKODA – New Guinea in remembrance of West Bourke Books Inc committee: Alan Jackson, Joyce Jackson, Peter and Margaret Mitchell, Carol Moore, Robyn Poletti, Gavin Smith Dorothy and Ron Viney.
Dr Greg Powell (Rotary) with Jackson family members and Peter and Margaret Mitchell (West Bourke Books Inc) prior to the unveiling.
Joyce Jackson, Peter and Margaret Mitchell listen to John Horan (RSL) recount the history of the Kokoda battle and its significance
The Second was El ALAMEIN in remembrance of Anne Collins’ and Rick Faulkner’s father.
Rotarian Anne Collins and Rick Faulkner after the unveiling of the El Alamein plaque.
Dr Greg Powell (MC) for the ceremony addressing the gathering on the significance of Remembrance Day and the Avenue of Honour
Special thank you to St Mary’s PS and Romsey PS students and teachers who were able to attend. Both schools were presented with Rotary Club mini banners at the ceremony end.
Romsey PS students with their Rotary Banners
Rotary Secretary Shane Pettingill with Dr Greg Powell presenting banners to St Mary’s students.
Special thanks to RSL President John Lynch for his ongoing support of this project and to John Horan (RSL) who recounted the historical significance of Kokoda and El Alamein battles.
John Lynch (RSL President) presented with a Rotary Banner.
Dr Greg Powell (Rotary) presenting John Horan (RSL) with a banner and thanks for his speeches this morning on the two battles that were dedicated by the unveiling of the plaques today.