Invite you to visit the:
Johanna Whitely ParkIn the Historical Town of York Western Australia
The Memorial is located on the corner of South & Howick Streets.
Sadness at Memorial re-dedication, 3rd April 2005
A reminder of the selfless dedication of our servicemen and women was made even more Poignant at a special ceremony in York, Western Australia.
Just hours before the re-dedication of the York sub-branch of the National Servicemen's Association of Australia's memorial on Sunday 3rd April 2005, news came through of the helicopter tragedy which claimed the lives of nine servicemen and women on their humanitarian mission on the earthquake devastated Indonesian Island of Nias.
The death of the Pope during the night also added pathos to the mid morning ceremony led in prayer by York's Father Stephen Cooney who was touched by the sadness of the night, which, he said was a reminder of the selfless service of others to humanity.
York Sub-Branch President, Colin Wright also spoke of the ever present dangers to all those who served either during war or peace.
York Shire Deputy, Gary Bird also paid tribute to service personnel and expressed gratitude for the sacrifices they had made to enable Australians to enjoy the freedom and lifestyle they now had.
York District High School Cadets took part in the brief ceremony making the establishment of the York National Servicemen's memorial in Johanna Whitely Park one year ago.
ARRANGEMENTS ARE ALREADY UNDERWAY FOR NEXT YEAR
2nd April 2006
York President (right) talking with
AND FINAL STAGE
It was re-dedicated on the 2nd April 2006
YORK NASHOS MEMORIAL
THIRD AND FINAL STAGE.
The Members of the York Sub.-Branch of the National Servicemens Association are proud to announce that the re-dedication ceremony of the Memorial was conducted on Sunday 2nd. April 2006.
The event was well attended with members from the National Servicemens and the Vietnam Veterans Associations together with the High School Cadets.
The welcome address was conducted by the York President Mr. Brian Silver thanking all those for their contribution to the final stage of the memorial and added that apart from being a memorial to those young men who paid the supreme sacrifice, the memorial would remind the general public of what National Service was about, when young men were called upon to be prepared to defend their Nation.
Father Stephen Cooney again officiated with the blessing of the Memorial assisted by the Anglican Minister Heather Brown.
Father Cooney bid Gods blessing and reminded us that it was only one year since the death of the Pope and a prayer was held for those personnel who were effected by the helicopter tragedy on their humanitarian mission in Indonesia.
The President of the York RSL spoke of the ever increasing conflicts in overseas counties where our defence forces were deployed and wished them a speedy and safe return to there loved ones.
Ms. Tyhscha Woolcock from the York Shire, congratulated the Association for the establishment of the memorial adding to the picturesque rose garden in Johanna Whitely Park.
Members of the York Sub.-Branch wish to express their gratitude to all those who took part in the establishment of the memorial of which we are all proud to be associated.
The York District High School Cadets again proudly took part in the ceremony with Ms. Natalie Warnock playing the Last Post on the Bugle.