Some five years ago the Lithgow and District Family History Society launched its War Heroes Project to honour men and women with connections to Lithgow and the surrounding district who served their country in the Great War of 1914-1918.
The highlight of the project was the launch of the book A Long March from Lithgow in 2014 telling the stories of over 1300 men and women.
In 2015 the Anzac Memorial Garden was established in the grounds of the Lithgow Cemetery and maintained with the continuing support of Lithgow City Council.
The council has recently installed a new bronze plaque on the memorial rock to replace the original, damaged by vandals.
On Sunday, November 11 a Remembrance Day service will held at the Anzac memorial garden at 2pm, which will include the unveiling of the new plaque by Bathurst MP Paul Toole.
Guest Speakers will include Lithgow City Council deputy mayor Wayne McAndrew and Lithgow RSL sub-branch’s John Barlow.
The traditional service will be a tribute to both Australians and New Zealanders who served their country during World War I and will feature singing by Ben Fairburn and Pat Connell.
The story of local soldier Private George Mara will be narrated by his great nephew (times three) Brody McLean.
A tribute will be paid to New Zealand born Gallipoli Veteran, Private Joseph King who served with the AIF and who is buried in Lithgow General Cemetery. The New Zealand national anthem will be sung in Maori and English by his fellow New Zealanders.
Members of the public will be invited to lay wreaths or poppies at the Anzac Memorial rock as part of the service. Knitted poppies may be purchased for a gold coin donation.
Parking is available in the cemetery car park and seating and shelters will be provided by Lithgow City Council. For further information contact the Society by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0448 048 137.