Federal Member for Dobell, Ms Emma McBride, said she was honoured to officially light the eternal flame at the Dedication Service for the renewed Toukley Cenotaph and Memorial Gardens.
“I want to congratulate Mr Bob Wilson, President of the Toukley RSL Sub-Branch, and the committee and members, for the five years they’ve given to upgrading the Cenotaph, concluded with today’s Dedication Service on Remembrance Day,” Ms McBride said.
“I also want to acknowledge the work of local artist, Ms Leasha Craig, who created the Cenotaph’s new eternal flame,” she said.
“I was pleased to support this through the Armistice Centenary Grants Program.
“The Toukley RSL Sub-Branch Cenotaph was erected in 1971 and is an important place for the community to show their respect for local people who served our nation.
“The Cenotaph Memorial Gardens are the final resting place for 415 sub-branch members whose ashes are interred there.
“This year the original sandstone façade has been replaced with granite and disability access has been provided.
“Today school children around Australia and throughout Commonwealth Countries will be joining in commemorative activities. The Warnervale Public School Choir performed at the Toukley service in an atmosphere of honour and respect.
“Commemorations such as these are important to keep our memories alive and to offer our enduring gratitude to those who fought for our freedoms.
“It is also a reminder of the toll of war and the importance of peacekeeping.
“Lest we forget.”