Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson welcomed the Tamworth RSL Sub Branch Senior Vice President Sandra Lambkin to a very special event in the NSW Parliament.

Mr Anderson said the event was hosted by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Veterans Affairs Minister David Elliott and was the announcement of the 100 significant sites where soil samples have been collected for a special artwork, as part of the Centenary of Anzac commemorations.

“The 100 international sites across 31 countries and jurisdictions have been carefully chosen to represent the State’s involvement in Australia’s international military history.
 “As part of the state’s representation, a number of soil samples were taken from local memorials in the Tamworth Electorate and will form part of the hall of service recognising those locals who gave the ultimate sacrifice,” Mr Anderson said.

Mrs Lambkin who is also a State Councillor for RSL NSW said “I think it’s very special that we recognize where world war one soldiers came from.

“Tamworth had a wonderful record of providing servicemen in all wars especially in world war one. We are known for punching above our weight,” Mrs Lambkin said.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said “this artwork will honour more than a century of service, from 19th century battles to recent Australian peacekeeping missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Pacific.”

Mr Elliott said “Of the 102,800 Australians who have died on active duty since 1885, all but a few hundred lie beneath foreign fields. The soil represents the ground on which the ultimate sacrifice was made, and where many who made such a sacrifice still lie.” 

“It will serve as a focal point for future generations to learn about Australia’s military history as well as the service and sacrifice of our country’s defence personnel and their families. The Anzac Memorial upgrade will be completed in late 2018,” Mr Elliott concluded. 

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