Memorial wall/dais opened as part of Leslie Park precinct
THE new memorial wall and dais near the cenotagh in Leslie Park was a great way to think of those who continue to serve, Member for Maranoa and Federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said at Sunday's dedication ceremony.
He combined with Mayor Tracy Dobie to officially open the wall and dais which cost $94,000 and was funded by all levels of government and donations from individuals, businesses and community organisations.
The idea was a brainchild of Vietnam veteran Johnno Felton who was president of the Warwick Community Development Anzac Memorial Committee which raised the required money.
Mr Littleproud said he saw the great work of the Australian Armed Forces during a visit to the troops in Iraq.
"I saw the air force bombing Isis and lived with our troops for 10 days,” he said.
"The wall will recognise a number of conflicts which are sadly still evolving,” Mr Littleproud said.
"We shouldn't forget those who continue to serve. This memorial precinct is a sacred place to remember those who were prepared to give their lives for our nation. We can never repay the debt to those who served.”
Mayor Tracy Dobie spoke of the wall and dais being part of a larger precinct around the cenotaph.
Mr Felton, Warwick RSL Sub-branch president John Skinner and Rev Darren Muller all spoke at a ceremony which was attended by two Second World War diggers Phil Agnew and David Watt. The unveiling finished with Benediction just before 11am Sunday.