ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson is proposing that some “enhancements” be made to the ACT Memorial in the hopes that people will start recognising it as an actual “memorial” and not “that fancy glowing ball thing”.
This is probably a good call, as I honestly had no idea what that thing was before today. Nor did the Canberra Times or UN Women Australia who got into a little bit of trouble for sitting on the thing a few years back during a photo shoot.
“Unfortunately most Canberrans are unaware of the ACT Memorial, its significance, or of the website containing the database of names,” Mr Hanson said.
“It is important for all Australians to have a special place of national remembrance to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and the nation’s capital should be no different.
“One of the things we would like to see is the names of those Canberrans who are on the Australian War Memorial Honour Roll and Commemorative Roll inscribed on an ACT Honour Roll at the site of the ACT Memorial.
“An ACT Honour Roll would serve as recognition for the Canberrans who have served Australia on Defence operations overseas, and have fallen during their service. It would also come at an appropriate time as we are leading up to the Centenary of Anzac Commemorations.
“The memorial should be a place of significance not only for all residents of the ACT but also for the families of the people from this town that have served their country, and particularly those who are no longer with us,” Mr Hanson concluded.
Seemingly to demonstrate Hanson’s point about nobody knowing what that thing is I managed to waste a decent chunk of my morning taking a photo of the wrong war memorial when Johnboy sent me a message asking me if I could go grab a photo to accompany our story about the ACT War Memorial.
So here’s my photo, just so I don’t feel like I completely wasted the morning:
UPDATE: I went on my lunchbreak and got a proper photo! Well done me.