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Work has begun on Leopold’s long-awaited War Memorial.
It is being built at Leopold Memorial Park; the site that, in 1926, was set aside to be converted into a park to honour local soldiers.
Construction is underway on the north west corner of the park where it borders Melaleuka Road and Stringers Lane.
Designed in close consultation with the Leopold War Memorial Committee, the memorial will feature three concrete plinths.
A path leading to the plinths will feature brass disks commemorating the local people that died in World War I. The disks are a symbolic representation of the original memorial plaques referred to as ‘Dead Man’s Penny’, which were delivered to the families of fallen soldiers.
The Leopold War Memorial will provide a place for remembrance, reverence and honour for the 146 people from the greater Leopold district who enlisted in World War I, including 40 who made the ultimate sacrifice.
An additional disk has been installed for ‘the unknown soldier’. The memorial will also honour the memory of all those men and women from the area who served in the Australian Defence Force in all conflicts and peace keeping missions.
As part of the project, a book containing the personal history of those 146 people who went to World War I will be published.
City of Greater Geelong general manager Investment and Attractions Brett Luxford said the project was an important initiative in the City’s Public Art and Memorials Program and a fitting way to commemorate local war heroes.
“We owe so much to those who fought for the freedom we enjoy today. This is a fitting way to honour their sacrifices,” he said.
“The Leopold War Memorial has been a long time in the making, and I’m pleased it will be completed in time for Anzac Day this year.”
“The Leopold War Memorial Committee has really led this project. They have received amazing support from local businesses all donating materials and services as well as the Federal Government, which provided funding. It has certainly been a community effort.”
The Leopold War Memorial is funded by the City of Greater Geelong in partnership with the Leopold War Memorial Committee and the Australian Government as part of its Anzac Centenary Program.

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