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Memorial for our diggers

Wednesday, 16th November, 2016

Des Kennedy, John Bacich and Kerry Richardson unveil a memorial chair in Argent Street. Des Kennedy, John Bacich and Kerry Richardson unveil a memorial chair in Argent Street.

By Michael Murphy

A street seat dedicated to those who served their country has been unveiled in front of the RSL sub-branch office in Argent Street.

Broken Hill Flying Patrol Pastor David Shrimpton conducted the dedication ceremony of the memorial chair on Saturday.

“On this day, we join to remember those men and women from Broken Hill and the surrounding district who have served within the Australian Defence Force,” Pastor Shrimpton told a small gathering.

The wood and iron bench is called “Diggers Rest”.

“As we pass by may it be a reminder of our freedom and a reminder of those who served from the Broken Hill district,” Pastor Shrimpton said.

“May those who choose to sit, find comfort and peace in their rest.”

Local RSL president Des Kennedy said he wanted to create a permanent reminder of people who served in the district, because he feared the local branch may not always be around.

The branch has about 60 members, a drop of about 200 from ten years ago. 

“Unless people take it on, it won’t be here in years to come,” Mr Kennedy said.

“I wanted to leave something in memory of people who served in the West Darling region.

“If the club does cease, the chair will always be there.”

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