Memorial to Peacekeepers to be opened on Anzac Day at Myrtleford Victoria

Ian Lindgren

Chairperson

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On Anzac Day this year Myrtleford RSL Sub Branch in North East Victoria is promoting the theme "Peacekeepers – Honouring their Service". At the conclusion of the 11am Service a free-standing Memorial to Peacekeepers will be unveiled at the Myrtleford RSL.

The Sub Branch Secretary, John Twyford, on behalf of the Sub Branch President, Bryan Meehan, has extended an open invitation to all Peacekeepers to attend the Anzac Day service and for the unveiling of this important memorial. The Memorial is a tribute to all Australian Peacekeepers involved in deployments since 1947, its artwork was inspired by the well-known image of then 1RAR Private Jason Putland - assisting a Somalian boy at a food drop during Operation Solace, in 1993.

Immediately after the unveiling ceremony, all guests, local community members and visitors will enter the RSL Hall for a light lunch and refreshments – ($5.00 donation on entry). The bar will be open at RSL prices. There will also be a raffle for an Anzac Bear and a traditional two-up game will be conducted. Please note that children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Please RSVP to the RSL Sub Branch Secretary, John Twyford by Tuesday 16 April 2024 by email: rslsecmyrt@outlook.com

We thank the Myrtleford RSL Sub Branch for commemorating Peacekeepers on this year the 25th Anniversary of INTERFET. We know Myrtleford is very proud to be able to name its Memorial Square after Sergeant Albert Lowerson, VC, who was born in Myrtleford and passed away in Myrtleford after living a full life, so we have paid tribute to Sergeant Albert Lowerson, VC below.

Sergeant Albert Lowerson V.C.. At Mont St Quentin on 1 September 1918, Lowerson was cited for his "conspicuous bravery and tactical skill". His bold actions included bombing a German strong-point which was holding up the attack. With a small team he inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy and captured 12 machine-guns and 30 prisoners. Badly wounded in the thigh, he refused to leave his position until the prisoners had been sent to the rear, and the post had been consolidated.
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