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Australian War Memorial: Takes Us Back To ‘Lest We Forget’

  The Australian War Memorial is a must-visit in Canberra. It is Australia’s reminder of those who had died in the line of duty and served their country with honour.
22 Sep 2018 10:00
Australian War Memorial: Takes Us Back To ‘Lest We Forget’
Australian War Memorial tour guide Patrick Moore highlights Edgar Alma Mark Wright’s, name a Fijian-born war hero

 

The Australian War Memorial is a must-visit in Canberra.

It is Australia’s reminder of those who had died in the line of duty and served their country with honour.

At the commemorative area are long cloisters containing the Roll of Honour, a series of bronze plaques naming the 102,185 Australian servicemen and women killed in conflict or on peacekeeping operations.

62,000 of them were killed in World War I, originating in Europe which lasted from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918.

During my visit to the memorial, the tour guide highlighted Edgar Alma Mark Wright’s name located at Panel 5 in the commemorative area.

He was a Fijian-born soldier who was killed in Egypt at the age of 24 during the First World War. Mr Wright was part of the 6th Australian Light Horse Regiment.

He moved to Australia and was enlisted in Liverpool on March 6, 1915, for service abroad.

He was 23 when he was enlisted and was killed after a year of service.

Mr Wright was a plantation manager before the war.

I was also fortunate to hear Australian politician and the Australian War Memorial director, Brendan John Nelson’s address to the National Press Club.

He highlighted the 1918 war that changed the lives of the Australians.

“The individual sacrifice of these men and of those who loved them; their devotion to duty and to our country is but two of thousands that gave us what we have and made us who we are,” he said.

He added that 62,000 hand knitted poppies, woven as repositories of love for every one of the soldiers will soon sweep across the grounds of the Australian War Memorial.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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