Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare MP and Bankstown City Council, Mayor Khal Asfour today took out of storage the original World War One Memorial Tablets in preparation for the Centenary of Anzac commemorations next year.
Tablets with the names of 31 young men from Bankstown who lost their lives in WWI were originally erected at Memorial Oval after the war. In 1970 they were incorporated into a bigger memorial and relocated to the Court House Reserve. In 2007 this memorial was put into storage at the Bransgrove Road Depot at Panania.
As part of the commemorations of the Centenary of Anzac the tablets are going to be taken back to Memorial Oval.
As part of the 100th Anniversary of Anzac Day next year, Jason Clare and Bankstown City Council are also organising a special event at Memorial Oval for the whole community.
“After the dawn services at local RSLs on Anzac Day next year, we will gather at Memorial Oval. The electronic scoreboard will be used as a big screen TV and we will be able to watch as the sun rises on the other side of the world, at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli,” Mr Clare said.
“On the day we will also officially unveil the tablets returned to their original home at Memorial Oval.
“These 31 men deserve to be remembered. That is why I am also getting Bankstown Youth Development Service (BYDS) to put together a book on these young men from Bankstown who went off to war and never came home.
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