Serving us well since 1941, the Australian War Memorial is set to get a $27 million refurbishment (announced by the Prime Minister). With that kind of cash you would expect a complete overhaul, but only the First World War galleries are reaping the benefits this time.
These galleries are of particular importance right now as the final First World War veteran died this February, with the last Australian veteran dying in mid-2011. The galleries will be re-designed to more effectively teach the younger generations about Australia’s involvement in the war, as well as to serve as a reminder of the 61,522 Australians we lost during that time.
“Speaking at the Australian War Memorial, the Prime Minister said the site was a very special place for Australians to come and remember the many thousands of soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We want to upgrade the gallery, so visiting Australians can say, with full appreciation and gratitude – we will remember them.”
Since the ANZAC Centenary is in 2015, the aim is to get it completed by then. Let’s hope refurbishments of major tourist attractions go a little faster than our road works. Fingers crossed!