Australian Jewish War Memorial to be unveiled in Canberra

May 2, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Secretary of the ACT Jewish Community Dr Merrilyn Sernack has announced that the dedication of the new Australian Jewish War Memorialwill coincide with the commemoration of the Centenary of General Sir John Monash’s knighthood on Sunday 12thAugust 2018.

The planned memorial

The Cenotaph, in the grounds of the National Jewish Memorial Centre, Forrest, will incorporate the memorial roll of Australian Jews who Died on Service with the Defence Force from 1900 to date. The names have been collated with the assistance of the Australian Jewish Historical Society’s Russell Stern, and Peter Allen, national coordinator of the Centenary of Anzac Jewish Program.

The service and cenotaph will be a most fitting culmination to the CoAJP’s Australia-wide projects that commenced in 2014, Peter Allen said.

The ceremony will include military elements and music by the Sydney Jewish Choral Society, and stories of soldiers. It will highlight Monash’s decisive victories with the AIF on the Western Front at Hamel and Amiens on 4th July and 8th August of 1918 respectively. The service will acknowledge those members of the Jewish community who served and, in particular, those who sacrificed their lives in the South African War, WWI, WWII and subsequently for the love of a country that had also given many refuge from persecution.

Government dignitaries, senior representatives of the ADF and Jewish organisations from all states and territories of Australia will be invited to attend, together with Jewish ex-service and currently serving men and women.

Members of the community are invited to review the proposed memorial roll for accuracy by visiting the website at:  https://www.actjc.org.au/ajwm-honour-roll.html. Please email your comments to act.admin@actjc.org.au in the next two weeks.

Members of the community may also donate to the Australian Jewish War Memorialon this page.

Formal invitations to the dedication ceremony and commemoration service will be issued closer to the date.