Grant for World War I memorial

RSL Presient Frank Neulist, Mayor Paul Hooper and MP Dan Tehan discuss the grant at the RSL on Friday

RSL Presient Frank Neulist, Mayor Paul Hooper and MP Dan Tehan discuss the grant at the RSL on Friday

ARARAT - A World War I Memorial will be established in Ararat thanks to an Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program grant.

Member for Wannon Dan Tehan visited Ararat to announce funding of $9000 obtained by Ararat Rural City Council to establish a memorial to honour those who served in WWI from Ararat and district on the lawns next to the Ararat RSL.

"More local projects have received funding from the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program to help our local communities commemorate the First World War," Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, said.

"The Centenary of Anzac will be the most significant period of commemoration in our nation's history and the Government is committed to providing opportunities for all Australians to participate.

"It is not just an opportunity to remember events of 100 years ago, but also an opportunity to recognise 100 years of service and sacrifice by our local veterans.

"The Centenary of Anzac is a period for all of us to reflect, to understand that Australia today is the result of the sacrifice of 102,785 Australians killed in action, the hundreds of thousands wounded in action and the more than one million Australians who have worn the uniform of the Australian Defence Force.

"By the end of the Anzac Centenary period in 2018 we aim to leave a legacy in the minds of younger Australians about the service and sacrifice of past generations and the responsibility to care for those who have defended our freedoms and way of life."

A full program of activities will be rolled out over the Anzac Centenary period 2014-2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of Australia's involvement in the First World War.

To find out more about the Anzac Centenary Grants Program visit www.anzaccentenary.gov.au

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