Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke paid tribute to the brave service men and women from the Matong community during a wreath laying ceremony to re-dedicate the war memorial in the village.
The Matong Memorial Gates were re-dedicated after being moved from the front of the Matong Mechanics Institute Hall – where they have stood for over 80 years – to the central park in the village.
Speaking during the ceremony, Ms Cooke said the gates are a symbol of respect and gratitude for the sacrifices made by local heroes.
“The Matong Memorial Gates stand as a testament to the strength and unity of the Matong community; they represent the unwavering spirit of an area that stands together in times of need,” Ms Cooke said.
Ms Cooke emphasised the significance of preserving the memory of those who have selflessly served and defended our nation.
“Events like this are such a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by our war-heroes and the importance of never forgetting their service,” Ms Cooke said.
“It’s our duty to remember and honour those who have given so much for our freedom and safety, and the Matong Memorial Gates are a symbol of our commitment to preserving their memory.
“The gates serve as a place of reflection and remembrance; they stand as a monument of the Matong community’s determination to never forget the sacrifices made by its sons and daughters,” she said.
Ms Cooke congratulated members of the Advance Matong Committee, along with Coolamon Shire Council, for their work ensuring the memorial continues to provide an appropriate tribute that reflects the history of the district.