Federal Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt MP, is encouraging communities in Hasluck to contribute to the Australian War Memorial initiative Places of Pride— an online national register of war memorials will record the locations and images of every publicly accessible memorial in Australia.

Mr Wyatt said Places of Pride reminds Australians that, irrespective of distance, the stories told at the Australian War Memorial are those of our communities across the length and breadth of the country.

“I invite all members of the community to take part in this initiative and contribute images of their community’s memorials. This is a challenge to every RSL, Local Government, school, and community group to get a photograph taken and upload it. The more the better!”

“The interactive online register will be the basis of a stunning new display in the proposed expanded galleries of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.”

“I am looking forward to contributing alongside my community by providing data collected through the Hasluck Military Map project I initiated, which plotted the sites of military significance from both World Wars on a map of Hasluck,” Mr Wyatt said.

“Visitors will be able to log in the name of their town on the website, whether Devonport, Gympie, St Kilda, Parramatta or Albany and see their memorial come to life.”

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said it was incredibly important to instil an ongoing sense of remembrance and respect in future generations of Australians.

“The way in which Australia commemorates our servicemen and women is just one of the many ways in which we publicly say to our ex-service community, thank you for your service,” he said.

Through Places of Pride the Australian War Memorial aims to connect all Australians, united by pride and loss, with each of these memorials from the Boer War through to Afghanistan,

Place of Pride can be found at: placesofpride.awm.gov.au

Hasluck Military Map can be found at: www.kenwyatt.com.au/hasluck-military-map/