REVITALISED BOER WAR MEMORIAL HONOURING VETERANS IN TAMWORTH AREA
Soldiers from across the Tamworth area have been honoured by the supporting of the revitalisation of the Tamworth Boer War Memorial and sharing the Invictus spirit with local schools.
Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott joined Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson to award a $1,800 grant to the Tamworth RSL Sub-Branch as well as Ministerial commendation awards to local veterans.
“This year is the centenary of the Armistice, signed on the 11 hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, to end the World War that cost Australia so many young and daring men.
“This memorial carries on the important work we do to honour our servicemen and women, both past and present.
“Students will be able to engage in these exciting online materials. It highlights the power sport plays in recovery and rehabilitation of servicemen and women who have been injured or become sick,” Mr Elliott said.
Mr Anderson said the Tamworth region made significant contributions to the war effort and it is important that all generations commemorate this sacrifice during the Centenary of Anzac.
“The Tamworth Boer War Memorial is an important local landmark to honour veterans in the area.
“It is vital we commemorate the service and sacrifice made by our veterans.
“I am also thrilled that our students will be learning about the Invictus Games and the Australia’s servicemen and women.”
In his capacity as Minister for Corrections Mr Elliott inspected local business Belmore Engineering who are working on the expansion at the Mid North Coast Correctional centre.
Mr Elliott also visited Tamworth Correctional Centre to meet prison officers who are preparing a community work program to reduce reoffending.
Following the visit Mr Elliott attended the G S Kidd Memorial School to speak with students who will be learning about the Invictus Games and the themes of service and resilience. It complements lessons about Australian military history taught in public schools to students in years 2 to 12.