Two sandstone plinths with bronze waratahs at Victoria Park have been unveiled and blessed.
The $240,000 monument has been constructed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice, which ended World War I on November 11, 1918.
On Friday the two plinths were unveiled by Dubbo Regional mayor Ben Shields, before it was dedicated by Lay Leader Ian Sharp from the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Seminarian Thao Nguyen from St Brigid’s Church and Archdeacon Brett Watterson from Dubbo Uniting Church.
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Dubbo North Public School captain Marshir Towers said she thought the memorial was very nice, and very important to have.
“[It’s important] because then it makes a mark and for years to come it will also be here for people to remember,” she said.
Vice captain Genevieve Campbell said they had been learning about World War One at School, especially about the 16th Battalion.
Cr Shields said a century on from the armistice, we needed to learn from our history and continue to strive for peace.
“Through this new monument we commemorate not just the so called ‘War to End All Wars’ but more so our brave Australian service men and women who serve us all so dearly in a time of great need,” he said.
“The fact is their selfless acts and sacrifices led to a characterisation that even now, a century on, continues to be our unbreakable national identity.”
The money for the monument came from council, the Dubbo RSL sub-branch, Dubbo RSL Memorial Club and the federal government.
Services will be held across the region for Remembrance Day on Sunday. In Dubbo the Ceremony of the Commemoration of the Fallen will be held at the Victoria Park Cenotaph from 10.30am. The Eumungerie ceremony will start at 10.45am.