NOT ENOUGH ROOM: A reader says last year’s Anzac service saw people climb atop the cenotaph to get a better view of proceedings.
NOT ENOUGH ROOM: A reader says last year’s Anzac service saw people climb atop the cenotaph to get a better view of proceedings. Alistair Brightman

Letter: Placement of new monument counts

IN RESPONSE to the words written by the President of the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-branch (FCC 10-05-2016).

As our recently elected president I would have thought you out of all people would differentiate between a monument and a dedicated cenotaph.

The words you used in your response to Gary and Marlene Beltrame to describe the Pialba Cenotaph were "the original memorial".

Sorry Mr and Mrs Beltrame, I cannot confirm if there were any wreaths laid on the dedicated Pialba Cenotaph on Anzac Day 2016, as I did not attend.

If the 2016 services were anything like last year's where the Pialba Cenotaph was being used as a vantage point for members of the public to climb on to view the service on the newly erected monument, I would not be surprised.

 

 

Anzac Day - Hervey Bay.  A single wreath at the old cenotaph in Freedom Park. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Anzac Day - Hervey Bay. A single wreath at the old cenotaph in Freedom Park. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

Our elected committee members at the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-branch are always sure to raise their concerns (your words); "accommodate the ever-increasing number of people who attend".

The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-branch contacted the Fraser Coast council because of the sub-branch's said concerns and a monument celebrating the Centenary of Anzac was constructed, with generous amounts of Centenary of Anzac grant money.

If our committee was that concerned about "accommodating" the number of people who attend, perhaps the monument could have been better positioned, just a thought.

Maybe it could have backed on to the top car park on Charles St.

If you consulted with the ex-service community of Hervey Bay about where the Anzac Day services should take place, you would perhaps be surprised by the answer you get.

DANIEL SPAIN, ordinary member. Hervey Bay RSL Sub-branch


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