Wagga Wagga RSL Sub Branch - Lest We Forget

LEST WE FORGET - three words renown across most countries to show our remembrance of those who have fought, and those who have died fighting for freedom. It means that we will never forget. In Australia, we honour the day by wearing poppies, a flower that bloomed throughout the fields of battle grounds in France and Belgium during World War I.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young. Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted, They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. Lest we Forget.

The "Ode of Remembrance" is an ode taken from Laurence Binyon's poem "For the Fallen"

Cenotaph Wagga Wagga

The Cenotaph was built of Bowral Trachyte with concrete cove on a trachyte base. The names of those who died in the 1914-18 War are carved on stone panels on the eastern and western sides of the Cenotaph. It was unveiled by Brigadier General Blamey on 17 September 1922. The names of the district servicemen who died in World War II are listed on the bronze panels on the southern and northern sides of the Cenotaph. These were unveiled on Anzac Day 1952 by J.W. Edmondson, father of Corporal J.H. Edmondson, the first Australian to be awarded the Victoria Cross in World War II (posthumously awarded) who spent part of his childhood in Wagga. The Cenotaph is located in The Victory Memorial Gardens

A cenotaph is an "empty tomb" or a monument erected in honour of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere. It can also be the initial tomb for a person who has since been reinterred elsewhere.