Lithgow Anzac memorial vandals "blackhearted mongrels"

DENTED: An Anzac plaque in Lithgow cemetery has been damaged just days before the annual Anzac Cemetery Walk and Anzac Day.
DENTED: An Anzac plaque in Lithgow cemetery has been damaged just days before the annual Anzac Cemetery Walk and Anzac Day.

”Blackhearted, mongrel maggot bastards.”

Lithgow and District Family History Society’s Danny Whitty did not mince words in describing the people responsible for vandalising an Anzac memorial at the Lithgow cemetery. 

The plaque commemorating 100 years since the Gallipoli landings appears to have been hit repeatedly with a blunt object, maybe a hammer. 

The plaque is attached to a rock and will be a centrepiece of the Anzac cemetery walk which will take place this Sunday, April 23. The walk, organised by the Lithgow and District Family History Society, visits the graves of Lithgow servicemen before a wreath-laying ceremony at the plaque. 

“We don’t know if it’s repairable,” Mr Whitty said. 

“It’s not going to stop anything, but it will put a damper on it.

"Council’s effort to establish that garden was first class. They built up something that could be a focal point and they supplied the flag pole as well.”

PLAQUE DAMAGED: The stone in Lithgow cemetery was erected as part of Lithgow's Anzac commemorations in 2015.

PLAQUE DAMAGED: The stone in Lithgow cemetery was erected as part of Lithgow's Anzac commemorations in 2015.

Mr Whitty said it was particularly upsetting in light of last year’s vandalism, which saw flowers and plants in the memorial garden ripped out. 

The group is now considering using potted plants that can be removed for safe keeping between events at the memorial garden. 

"It is sad we have to do that, it’s an indictment of the way society seems to be going,” Mr Whitty said. 

The group received word of the damage at 11pm on Thursday night, April 20. 

The Anzac Cemetary Walk will get underway at the Lithgow cemetery at 10am on Sunday. 

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