Lucindale RSL to honour WWI fighters

LUCINDALE RSL sub-branch members are planning two projects to mark the 100-year anniversary of World War I.

Lucindale RSL sub-branch secretary Jan Williams with the World War I Honour Roll.

Lucindale RSL sub-branch secretary Jan Williams with the World War I Honour Roll.

Between the years of 1914 and 1919, 58 men from the district answered the call to join the armed forces and fight for Australia.

The sub-branch would like to honour these men by building a memorial garden in front of the RSL Hall with signature pavers to represent each of them.

The second project is to clean the World War I honour roll which was unveiled on February 9, 1919 by Colonel Findlater.

Sub-branch secretary Jan Williams said she understood it had not been properly cleaned in 95 years, only receiving a polish for the Lucindale RSL War Memorial re-dedication in 2008.

"We want to have it all done before Anzac Day 2015," she said.

"The grand total will cost over $7000 and we've applied for $5000 in grants from the Department of Veterans' Affairs."

To raise the extra funds two monster raffles have been organised.

Ms Williams recently approached businesses in Naracoorte and Lucindale to ask them to support the initiative.

"I've been dumbfounded with the response," she said. "It has been excellent. People were fantastic and there is going to be some great prizes.

"People realise the importance of these projects. It's not only a local community thing either, it's a national and world-wide anniversary."

Throughout this month Ms Williams will set up a stall in the main street of Naracoorte to sell tickets.

She will also send books to other RSL clubs in the region such as Penola, Robe, Kingston and Naracoorte. The first raffle winner will be drawn at the Lucindale RSL sub-branch annual dinner on November 16.

In 2008 the Lucindale RSL War Memorial, which looks towards the RSL Hall, received a complete makeover thanks to a grant from the Department of Veterans' Affairs and donations.

This happened in preparation for the re-dedication service on September 6 that year with special guest General Peter Cosgrove.

The RSL hall was built by WWI and WWII servicemen and officially opened on July 4, 1953.