Joint Media Release with Minister for Veterans’ Affairs The Hon Darren Chester MP
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, is encouraging communities in the NT to contribute to the Australian War Memorial initiative Places of Pride— an online national register of war memorials will record the locations and images of every publicly accessible memorial in Australia.
Senator Scullion said Places of Pride reminds Australians that, irrespective of distance, the stories told at the Australian War Memorial are those of our communities across the length and breadth of the country.
“I invite all members of the community to take part in this initiative and contribute images of their community’s memorials. This is a challenge to every RSL, Local Government Authority, school, and community group to get a photograph taken and upload it. The more the better,” Senator Scullion said.
“The interactive online register will be the basis of a stunning new display in the proposed expanded galleries of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
“Visitors will be able to log in the name of their town on the website, whether it is Darwin, Devonport, Gympie, St Kilda, Parramatta or Albany and see their memorial come to life.
“The Territory has some powerful memorials – the Darwin cenotaph has the stunning backdrop of the esplanade and Darwin harbour, and I always enjoyed when I was the emcee at Anzac Day services for several years at the Adelaide River War Cemetery.
“I am delighted to see Centralians have already taken up this challenge with the famous Anzac Hill memorial in Alice Springs already on the Places of Pride site. I encourage Territorians wherever they to live snap a pic of your local memorial and upload it.”
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said it was incredibly important to instil an ongoing sense of remembrance and respect in future generations of Australians.
“The way in which Australia commemorates our servicemen and women is just one of the many ways in which we publicly say to our ex-service community, thank you for your service,” he said.
Through Places of Pride the Australian War Memorial aims to connect all Australians, united by pride and loss, with each of these memorials from the Boer War through to Afghanistan.
Place of Pride can be found at: https://placesofpride.awm.gov.au.