War graves in good hands

April 07, 2018

The Deniliquin War Cemetery is in good hands. You only have to look at how well it’s presented to know that it is well maintained.

Since 1922, the Australian Government has offered an official commemoration for eligible veterans.

In Australia today, Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG) maintains 12,500 war graves in 72 war cemeteries and 900 civil cemeteries, along with Memorials to the Missing. The war cemeteries range in size from several hectares to small plots with as few as two graves.

OAWG also maintains more than 313,000 post-war official commemorations for eligible veterans who died after the war periods.

In Deniliquin, the War Cemetery contains the official grave memorial of 29 personnel from the Second World War, while the general cemetery contains another 12 Australian war dead from both world wars as well as 44 post-war commemorations.

Deniliquin’s Judy Bond said after a recent visit to the War Cemetery she wanted to highlight the work of OAWG, which sends a team from Victoria monthly to maintain the site.

‘‘People probably wouldn’t know that the maintenance is managed and carried out by a government authority. I guess like a lot of people we thought it was looked after by council or the local RSL Sub-branch.

‘‘There are two people who come to Deni once a month to do all of the weeding, raking, replanting of plants and all other garden related jobs.

‘‘Originally there were just white crosses (at the War Cemetery) which were then replaced with marble headstones with gravel around them. It’s beautiful now, with paving and fencing and framed by two lemon scented gums with native and exotic shrubs.’’

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