Friday October 13, 2017
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP has led a ceremony at the Luddenham Progress Hall for the NSW Government’s ANZAC Memorial Centenary Project to recognise and honour the sacrifice of those who fought in the First World War.
A sample of soil was collected from the Luddenham Progress Hall to be displayed in a special exhibition space being installed in the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. The soil collected will be presented in a plaque with the GPS co-ordinates of the collection site on the walls of the Hall of Service.
“The project represents the fact that there was a serviceman that went to the Great War that came from this very suburb, which many of us have a strong connection with,” Tanya Davies said.
Tanya Davies was joined by Penrith Mayor John Thain, Liverpool Deputy Mayor Tina Ayyad and representatives from Penrith and St Marys RSL at Luddenham Progress Hall were the soil collection ceremony took place.
Luddenham resident Wayne Willmington, whose great grandfather served as one of The Lighthorsemen also attended the service and is proud of the region’s heritage and history.
“It’s an incredible honour to lead this ceremony, to take soil, to secure in perpetuity the connection between that incredible, tragic history in our global story but also to link it so personally and so realistically to this region,” Tanya Davies said.
Close to 1,700 plaques will be created for every town, suburb and locality in NSW that enlistees for WWI came from.