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Plaque wall a memorial for fallen soldiers

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February 15, 2017

Putting it into place: Workers put the new Hay Avenue Memorial Wall in place on Friday.

Remember: The names of the fallen soldiers can be read on the new memorial at the Cobram War Memorial.

A new addition is being installed at the Cobram War Memorial to serve as a reminder of those who were lost in World War II.

The Hay Avenue Memorial Wall was put in place on Friday and features plaques naming the fallen soldiers.

The plaques on the wall have been taken from the old Hay Avenue Memorial that was opened on Anzac Day in 1949.

Trees were planted along the memorial with a plaque placed under each one.

The original tree-lined memorial was paid for by H. D. Hay.

The memorial will face Hay Ave and contains either the restored original plaques or re-made plaques.

Cobram-Barooga RSL member Stephen Brooks said the idea came when the RSL decided something had to be done with the old plaques.

‘‘They were either being damaged or lost, so we thought we had to do something,’’ Mr Brooks said.

‘‘We were able to get a grant that enabled us to get the new plaques made up and put onto the wall, and I reckon it has turned out pretty well.

‘‘We were able to get the plaques made in the exact same way as the old ones.’’

Mr Brooks said an official opening of the memorial will be held later in the year.

He said the RSL would aim to contact some of the families of the men named on the wall.

‘‘We just hope the public is able to appreciate the memorial and understand what it means to so many people,’’ he said.

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