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Bridging the gaps on memorial plaque

Wednesday, 30th March, 2011

TRIBUTE: Local National Servicemen’s Association secretary, Merrilyn Pedergnana, is seeking names to add to the memorial in Crystal Street TRIBUTE: Local National Servicemen’s Association secretary, Merrilyn Pedergnana, is seeking names to add to the memorial in Crystal Street

By Kurtis Eichler

The National Servicemen's Association is calling on the public to help fill up their memorial with the names of locals who have served our country.

The "To Those Who Served" memorial on the lawn at the front of Club Legion is made up of a Bailey Bridge Span with three plaques.

A Bailey Bridge Span is the type of bridge most of the National Servicemen worked on between 1951 and 1963.

More than 100 names are on the plaques including John Corradini, Jack Broomhall, Fred Eichler, Lloyd McFeeters and Pat Nestor, and a fourth plaque is to be added.

Secretary of the Broken Hill sub branch, Merrilyn Pedergnana, said anybody with a service number can have their name listed.

"That's the only criteria," she told the BDT.

"Some of these are National Servicemen, some of them are World War II blokes.

"It is a self-funded project, so obviously there is a fee attached."

If there is enough demand, Mrs Pedergnana said they will eventually place plaques on the back of the memorial as well.

She particularly encouraged people to submit the names of young, recently returned servicemen.

"The project began some years ago with National Servicemen wanting some form of memorial on which they could put their names," she said.

"Most of the memorials had names of killed in action service personnel."

Mrs Pedergnana may be contacted on 8087 8167.

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