A recently completed national service memorial was dedicated in Bruce Rock recently.

The memorial was commissioned by the Nashos League of Western Australia Inc (Wheatbelt Division) in conjunction with the Bruce Rock Veterans Group and dedicated on October 29.

The service included a parade of veterans accompanied by the Challenge brass band and led by two representatives of the 10th Light Horse Brigade. A flypast involving two PC9 aircraft from the Pearce RAAF training school held special significance for the veterans present.

President of the Nashos League, Alan Dougan from York, gave the opening address and was followed by Paul Hutton from the Vietnam Veterans group. The memorial was unveiled by patron of the league, Hon Wilson Tuckey MHR, in conjunction with Shire president, Stephen Strange. The ceremony ended with a blessing by Rev Karen Arnold of the Anglican Church.

The memorial was erected to commemorate the 300,000 young Australians who were conscripted into the defence force between 1951 and 1972 and to honour the 200 killed and 1,500 injured while serving their country.

Funding for the project was provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs through the ‘Saluting their Service’ scheme and Lotterywest through its community grants programme. Another York veteran, Wilf Caporn, was among others involved in the project.

Planning for another national service memorial in the wheatbelt has already started and the league hopes it will be commissioned in the coming year.

The memorial plaque before the unveiling ceremony.

At the memorial (L-R): Events Co-ordinator for the Bruce Rock veterans, Merv Gould; co-ordinator for the order of service, Wilf Caporn (York); representative of the Department of Veterans Affairs, June Cuneo, and president of the Nashos League of WA, Alan Dougan (York).

Representatives of the 10th Light Horse Brigade lead the parade before the unveiling of the memorial in Bruce Rock.

President of the Nashos League of WA, Alan Dougan (York) shakes hands with Bruce Rock Shire president, Stephen Strange, after the ceremony.