Members of the Rotary Club of Northlakes Toukley attended the unveiling of the new Vietnam Veterans’ Suicide Memorial in Slade Park, Budgewoi.
The unveiling was held on April 7, with the memorial being the result of a joint effort by the club, Central Coast Councillor, Jillian Hogan. and local veteran, Clarence Ormsby.
Club President, Roshni Sinah, said the event was a successful yet sombre affair set to remind Central Coast residents of the ongoing battles of Australian veterans in the lead up to ANZAC Day.
“Janet Ormsby is the strength behind Clarence, and did a remarkable job of having all the decorations of white poppies (representing suicide) in place from 5:30am, and our group of helpers was there at 7:30am to place red poppies on the plaques. representing all the soldiers,” Sinah said.
“It was a sombre walk.
“Please Rotarians and families, take a walk and reflect on the lives of these soldiers and their sacrifice for our country,” Roshni Sinah said.
“It is the least we can do to remember them.
“Central Coast Mayor, Jane Smith, attended the event, and Council also placed a seat for reflection, and I am certain those who have lost family will find this a very peaceful place,” she said.
As part of the event, there were also performances from students of Northlakes High School and Budgewoi Public School, local singers, and a Fijian dancer and theer was also catering organised by ladies from Central Coast Legacy branches.
Newsletter, Apr 16
Roshni Sinah, Rotary Club of Northlakes Toukley