Lest We Forget
ANZAC Day 2014 was the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing and the entrance of Australia to World War 1. In Cherry Gardens we marked this anniversary with a special ANZAC Day service and unveiling of a replica Honour Board of the one that is in the Cherry Gardens Church. For this replica honour board we researched all the archives and found a number of Cherry Gardens soldiers whose name was not on the original honour board and added these new names so we recognise them. This replica honour board is now hanging in the Cherry Gardens Memorial Hall.
So four and half years have passed since that ANZAC Day and we now find ourselves about to commemorate the end of the “war to end all wars” on November 11th at 11am for Remembrance Day or Armistice Day as is was called at the time.
In Cherry Gardens we don’t think there has been a Remembrance Day service before but as it is the 100 year anniversary we thought it would be fitting to hold a service this year. It will be a brief service and we invite you the community to attend if you wish. If you are unable to make it then please try to remember to stop what you are doing at 11am and pause to reflect on the sacrifices of those who served during that terrible war.
39 Cherry Gardens locals enlisted for that war and 13 men paid the ultimate sacrifice:
Charles Gladstone Ricks
These men are remembered on the Soldiers Memorial Cross and a Golden Cypress was planted for each man in the Cherry Gardens Soldiers Memorial Park.
The Cherry Chatter group has commenced a project, working with the Blackwood RSL to make a sign that will be erected in the Soldiers Memorial Park on the history of the memorial park and some details on each of the men that did not come home.
If you would like to be involved in this project please contact the Cherry Chatter group and hope we see you at the Remembrance Day service.
Lest We Forget