Sutherland Shire’s unique memorial to Australian service personnel and their families, the Woronora Military Memorial has been enhanced by a special contribution by shire school children.
Located at Woronora Memorial Park, the memorial was officially opened by NSW Governor David Hurley in August, 2015 on the centenary of the Battle of Lone Pine.
At the official opening in 2015, students from St Patrick’s Catholic Primary school at Sutherland created 2,277 symbolic crosses with personal messages for those Australian soldiers killed, wounded or taken prisoner at Lone Pine.
This week, children from St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, led by principal Phillip Tax, visited the site while Father John Knight conducted an official blessing of this new installation.
Graham Boyd, chief executive officer for the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust in NSW has said he was motivated to install the memorial after attending a state funeral at Woronora Memorial Park for an Army Commando killed in Afghanistan and watching his children releasing doves.