Mayor's message: Remembering our heroes, past and present
Here’s the Eurobodalla Council Mayor’s Message for this fortnight: ANZAC Day has always been an important and emotional day for me, as I’m sure it is for most Australians. It’s the day we proudly honour and remember those who fought for our country, and it’s a day that we come together in our cities and towns from dawn till dusk to pay tribute to the many brave men and women who gave up their lives for their country. It was wonderful to once again see so many young people attend the services, including those held in Eurobodalla. We have much to be proud of.
We are also fortunate to be able to learn the stories of the 500 Eurobodalla men and women who were enlisted and served in World War One through a new web based database called Heroes of Eurobodalla. Created by the Moruya Historical Society with help from Council, the records show where our local veterans enlisted and served, the medals they were awarded and copies of correspondence with their families. This fantastic online resource was developed with the aim of encouraging school age children to learn more about Australia’s role and history in World War One War, but it is also a way for all of us to keep the stories and memories of our local veterans alive. You can find the database on the Moruya Historical Society website at www.mdhsociety.com. Click on Heroes of the Eurobodalla, and to see the online database of memorabilia, click on World War One Collection.
Our Council is currently looking for nominations for our present day community volunteer local heroes. We’ve established a new annual award called the Local Hero Award, and it’s another way we can acknowledge the fantastic contribution that volunteers make in our community in fields such as sports, community service, health, education, arts and the environment. Or our local hero could be someone who has made an extraordinary act of compassion, generosity, bravery, ingenuity, or achieved a professional accomplishment. If you know someone who deserves to be recognised, please remember to nominate them before 11 May. You can find more information and the simple nomination form on Council’s website or by phoning Council on 4474 1005.
Clr Liz Innes