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The hard work of local potters and Challenge Community Services is helping realise a dream to have Bicentennial Park’s Waler Memorial Pond surrounded by crosses with ceramic poppies for the official opening of Legacy’s Pool of Reflection.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson visited the Challenge Workshop where potters from Gunnedah, Barraba and Tamworth joined Challenge employees to display their hard work.

“Tamworth Legacy do an outstanding job in supporting families of veterans across the region, while continuing to play a key role in remembrance services all year around,” Mr Anderson said

“This year, Tamworth Legacy is celebrating its centenary and the global Centenary Torch Relay will make its way to Tamworth on July 4th.

“To mark the occasion, Tamworth Legacy will be installing 1000 crosses with ceramic poppies around the Pool of Reflection in Bicentennial Park on July 3rd in what will be a moving tribute to those we lost in war and the families they left behind.

“I was pleased to support their celebration with a $22,000 grant from the Regional NSW Community Grant program, and it’s outstanding to see Challenge hard at work now building 1,000 crosses.

“Anyone who wishes to be a part of the ceremony can still get involved by buying a cross, with money made from the sales to go towards supporting veterans and their families.”

Tamworth Legacy President Greg Roese said the celebration also fell during NAIDOC week, making the ceremony even more meaningful for aboriginal veterans and their families.

“It will be quite a moving ceremony, with local aboriginal elders joining returned servicemen, community leaders, veterans’ families, and the community to commemorate 100 years of Legacy,” Mr Roese said.

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