Wall to honour soldiers
By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
WHAT started out as a dream for World War II veter-an Laing McClelland is about to become a reality.
Mr McClelland wanted the Boyne Island Tannum Sands sub branch of the RSL to build a commemora- tive wall in honour of all those who have served in fields of war.
That wall is about to be built near the cenotaph in Stirling Park.
Project co-ordinator David Shankland said con- struction of the commemorative wall would start ear- ly in the new year and was expected to take about four to five weeks.
'We are hoping to have the wall finished in time for Anzac Day,' Mr Shankland said.
'Thanks to a donation from the Boyne Island Tan- num Sands Lions Club of $3000 and a grant from the Calliope Shire Council of $1000 we have been able to start work on the wall earlier than expected.'
Mr Shankland said the wall would sit about eight metres away from the cenotaph in Stirling Park.
'It will be about 1.2 metres high and on the wall facing the river will be the plaques for our deceased veterans.
'On the wall facing the cenotaph the service badges of the Australian Navy, Army and Airforce will sit over the bronze wreath with the badge of the Boyne Island Tannum RSL sub branch in its centre.'
Mr Shankland said they had also started a 'buy a brick' campaign to raise funds for the wall.
'Those people who buy a brick will have their names printed in the Shire Crier as a thank you,' he said.
The bricks are available for $5 and you can pledge your support by phoning the sub branch secre- tary Max Ricketts on 4973 9587.