The Bass War Memorial is located in the heart of Bass, symbolically between the pub and the footy ground.
It lists the names of those who fought in WWI and WWII and remembers those who served in Korea and Vietnam. Those families, there represented, gave their sons for Australia and the monument is the central important place where remembrances can be held both privately and publically.
It is the place where people have gathered since the 1920s. For those who attend the Dawn Service on Anzac Day, it is a very special place full of drama and solemnity.
We walk across the bridge in silence and by flickering torchlight.
The mist rises from the river and muffles footsteps as we gather at the memorial.
The flagpole is lit and the flag drifts on the early morning air.
The quiet voices prompt family and community memories.
For that moment the site is sacred.
Last April, nearly 200 people paused before their day began and remembered the sacrifices local families made. The quiet reverence of all those present was so important to all generations there, those whose memories are still vivid and those to whom the stories are passed so that we may never forget.
This memorial, where it is, shows the community what it can do in times of disaster, provides a rallying point for community activity now and in the future, and shows, by its location in the heart of Bass, the importance that we place on the remembrance of the sacrifices of those who went before us. The Bass Valley Historical Society believes that it is most important that the Bass War Memorial stays where it is.
Bass community can only grow stronger with this memorial at its heart.
Libby Skidmore (Bass Valley Historical Society), Bass.