THE MINDS of many at the huge dawn service at Korumburra last Friday morning had already turned their thoughts to next year’s Anzac centenary, and Korumburra RSL Sub-branch President Kevin Moon was among them.
He told the crowd gathered around the cenotaph in Queen Street that next year’s event would be bigger and the Korumburra RSL Sub-branch was hoping to attract funding for a major refurbishment of the war memorial for the occasion.
“And we are also looking for information for a book,” Mr Moon said.
Son, Tony, has also taken a particular interest in the project, calling on those with information and photos about the people named on the cenotaph to come forward.
“We’d like to be able to read out the names and to also something short but meaningful about them,” he said.
“It’s important that this information not been lost.”
Tony Moon said it wasn’t a matter of having forgotten about the men who’d served until now it’s just that the Internet and emails made it much easier these days to collect that sort of information.”
Mr Moon senior outlined the plans for the cenotaph.
“We’ve just had the electricians up here this morning,” he said on Monday after the big Anzac Day observance.
“We want to put the lights back on that have been missing since they moved the cenotaph and we want to clean it and update it. The names end after World War II and a lot has happened since then. We’d also like to put the Peace Keepers’ names on it too. They often seem to be forgotten.
“We’ll put all that together and send it in to the shire in the hope of attracting funding,” he said.
So, a year out from the Anzac Centenary on Saturday, April 25, 2015, there’s already a lot happening and the community is responding in big numbers as we saw last Friday.