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The Aintree Walk of Honour reflects the spirit of the famous Avenues of Honour to our west, at Bacchus Marsh and Ballarat. These great avenues and many other memorials were constructed in the wake of World War 1, as towns and communities struggled to come to terms with the loss of so many of their young men. Grief was on a global scale. Local families and those of remote foes, suffered the same fate.
Our Walk of Honour marks our community’s contribution to the ANZAC Centenary commemoration, spanning the period 2014-18. The ANZAC tradition that was forged on the battlefield at Gallipoli, Turkey has grown to symbolize notions of courage, sacrifice, service and mate-ship, whilst also serving as a graphic reminder of the human cost of an ultimately futile pursuit.
Our Walk includes plaques that in a time-honoured way recognize lost service personnel with a local connection but also includes contemporary interpretations of Australia’s war history from the Boer War until the most recent conflict involving Australian troops. At the eastern end of the walk there is space for conflicts yet to happen; a poignant reminder of the inevitability of future military engagement.
Ours is a whole of community initiative to link wise old minds with younger perspectives and to create of a lasting reflective legacy that speaks the language of young people. This site has a significant and distinct connection with Australia’s military effort and the detail of this connection is expanded upon as you further immerse yourself in the experience via your smartphone. The “torch of remembrance” of sacrifice from our district and beyond, is being passed to the next generation.
We welcome visitors and encourage the establishment or renewal of connections with the military history of our nation by sharing in the stories of those who served, or stayed behind.
The Aintree Walk of Honour was opened on 31 March 2017, in advance of its completion by Remembrance Day 2018. The contribution of the following community groups to the project is gratefully acknowledged:
Caroline Springs and Melton RSL Sub Branches
Melton Family History Group
Melton Historical Society
Partners of Veterans Association of Australia (Vic)
Frontier Park will be undergoing some routine maintenance this week (for an extended period) which will effect access to majority of the park/equipment. Sorry in advance for any inconvenience, we will keep you posted once it is back up & running.
**Calling all residents** Hear some of the reasons your neighbours will be getting involved in the WoodleaConnect conversation. The forum is now open & we're running a cafe session today from 2-4pm. To have your say click below https://woodleaconnect.com.au/
**COMPETITION TIME** For the chance to WIN 1 of 2 ultimate VIP experiences for you & a friend at our Summer Movie Nights - tell us why YOU LOVE WOODLEA, by commenting on the post below. Winners can redeem their VIP experience on either screening's (dates TBC) which include: bean bags with prime viewing of the movie, picnic rug plus hamper filled with the best selection of gourmet treats to enjoy the movie & a bottle of champagne - you won't have to pack a thing. More info on Movie Nights coming soon. Comp closes Wednesday 20 - good luck!
**CALLING ALL RESIDENTS** The WoodleaConnect forum is now open & we are inviting residents to participate with fellow neighbours at Go West Eatery & Tuckshop. Complimentary coffee & cake will be provided for the below session times held at the cafe. - Thursday: 10-11am OR 2-3pm - Friday: 10-11am OR 2-3pm - Saturday: 2-4pm You can join the WoodleaConnect forum as many times as you'd like while it's running throughout the week. Don't forget to bring your own device to log on (smartphone, tablet or laptop) if joining from the cafe sessions.
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Calling all residents of Woodlea - Be quick to register for WoodleaConnect today. This is your chance to change the future of your community - hurry the forum is NOW OPEN. To register, click here: https://woodleaconnect.com.au/