Renewal of our gates complete
AMID rain squalls and splashes of sunshine, more than 150 gathered for the re-dedication of the refurbished Byron Bay Memorial Gates.
The cost was around $200,000 with local community organisations and individuals pitching in to raise a substantial amount following an initial grant from the Federal Government to celebrate the centenary World War One.
One of the prime movers of the project, President of the Byron Bay RSL Sub Branch Robert Asquith said it was a relief to see the project complete.
"It's heartening to see so many representatives from local churches and across community organisations present at the ceremony.
"Future work, when funds permit, will include the inscribing of the names of all conflicts where Australians have been involved."`
Major Graeme Davis said, "For those of us who have served, this has always been a site of significance and pilgrimage.
"It is a symbol of our service and a focal point for our community and the people of our shire to gather on significant days and provides us with the opportunity to reflect on deeds which are lessons for all of us - and that is a commitment to service, courage, endurance and a love of ones country above the interests of oneself."