Coffs Harbour soldiers who answered the call to fight in the Great War will be honoured as part of a moving artwork in the Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts, Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott and Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser took a sample of soil from Griffith Cenotaph War Memorial Gardens today.
Soil samples are being collected from more than 1,600 sites across NSW where young soldiers enlisted to fight as part of the Anzac Memorial Centenary Soil Collection project.
Mr Barilaro said this project gave recognition to the actions of those men and women who helped define the national spirit and character of our country.
“Many Australian soldiers who enlisted to serve our country in World War I came from all over regional NSW and we want to make sure we are commemorating those country towns,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Regional Australian soldiers made an enormous contribution to the Anzac legacy,” Mr Roberts said.
Mr Elliott said collecting soil from the broad range of sites across the state is a reminder of the great sacrifices made by men and women in the Great War.
“A century on, we honour these men by taking a sample of soil and placing it in the Hall of Service at the refurbished Anzac Memorial so that it can be appreciated and commemorated by generations to come,” he said.
Mr Fraser said: “It is important to have the Deputy Premier and the Ministers here to recognise the contribution of locals to the Anzac legacy.”
The Anzac Memorial Centenary Project Soil Collection is part of the NSW Government’s upgrade of the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park during the Centenary of Anzac.
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