New memorial board to honour those served

October 11, 2017

Murchison RSL members with Greater Shepparton City Council deputy mayor Kim O'Keeffe, Member for Euroa Steph Ryan, Murchison RSL member John Crowley and project supporter Colin Beavis.

Work is progressing on Murchison RSL sub-branch’s World War II honour roll memorial board, with representatives meeting this week.

Murchison RSL member John Crowley said it was a chance to thank the state and local governments for their help.

Members were joined at the site this week by Member for Euroa Steph Ryan and City of Greater Shepparton deputy mayor Kim O’Keeffe.

‘‘The reason we’ve come here is to thank the sports, development and strategic planning department at Greater Shepparton City Council,’’ Mr Crowley said.

‘‘The council has been really good to us with planning and permits.’’

The sub-branch received a $4579 grant from the Victorian Government’s Anzac Centenary Community grants program, which was coupled with funds raised in the community to complete the board.

‘‘The community has done exceptionally well; it’s been a real community effort,’’ he said.

The World War II honour board will join the World War I board and features names of those from Murchison and the district who served, not just those killed in action.

Cr O’Keeffe said it was an important project for the council to support.

‘‘To recognise those who served in World War II in such a peaceful location is fantastic,’’ she said.

‘‘The community has spent so much time and energy on the project.’’

Ms Ryan said it had been a project of passion for the Murchison community.

‘‘It’s particularly important that men and women who did leave Murchison are permanently recognised through this memorial,’’ she said.

The board will be officially unveiled at the Remembrance Day service on November 11.

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