UPGRADE: Local servicemen and women of the Western Downs are never forgotten as Myall Remembrance Park continues to expand its Services Memorial wall.
UPGRADE: Local servicemen and women of the Western Downs are never forgotten as Myall Remembrance Park continues to expand its Services Memorial wall.

Dalby woman changes the way we honour war heroes

A DALBY woman's desire to honour her late husband, an ex-serviceman, has opened up doors for the Dalby community to honour their former servicemen and women.

When Carol Hoadley visited the Dalby cemetery with her daughter to install a remembrance plaque in her husband's honour honour, they were stopped and given a surprising response.

"We were told there wasn't an area devoted to returned soldiers," Mrs Hoadley said.

"I thought it would be nice to have a special memorial dedicated for those who served our country, so Jo and I wrote a letter to council in 2011 about making something happen in the Remembrance Park.

"My husband served in Vietnam, so his plaque is really important to me and my family and I think's it's just as important that all fallen soldiers are recognised for the sacrifices they made."

The Services Memorial was unveiled in 2015, and now council are expanding upon the monument by allowing the relatives of ex-servicemen and women to apply for remembrance plaques for their loved ones at the Myall Remembrance Park.

Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries spokeswoman Councillor Carolyn Tillman said Council was encouraging families of past Australian Armed Forces officers to apply for remembrance plaques for their loved ones.

"The Myall Remembrance Park is such a beautiful place of remembrance and the Services Memorial wall adds something extra special by paying tribute to our local servicemen and women," Cr Tillman said.

"The remembrance wall is a wonderful asset to the community providing a beautiful area to reflect and honour those who have served our country.

"We are currently accepting applications for new plaques so if your fallen family member served in Australia's Defence Force or Armed Services, I'd encourage you to consider applying for a plaque in their memory."

Applications for a memorial plaque are now open and will close Friday 14 August.

To find out more about applying for a plaque on the Myall Remembrance Park Services Memorial contact Council on 1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624) or download the application form online at www.wdrc.qld.gov.au.


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