Thursday, November 8, 2012

Anzac Centenary - We will remember

Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since our involvement in the First World War.

The Anzac Centenary provides us with an opportunity to remember those who have fought and served in all wars, conflicts and peace operations in the past hundred years and especially remember the more than 100,000 who have given their lives in service.

No place was unaffected by war, the City of Playford was no exception.  War memorials at Smithfield and One Tree Hill list names of men from the district who served, and for some gave the supreme sacrifice.  The names on the memorials do not cover all those who were in active service, so far 109 names of men have been found that either resided or were born within the area that today constitutes the City of Playford.

The story of war encompasses more than those who fought, it includes those who remained behind, the women who husbands enlisted, the mothers and fathers who wondered at their sons fate, the children who missed out of several years of having their father, uncle or cousin around.   
The City of Playford Library Service will endeavour to research the lives of the men from this district and what was happening in the district during the four years of war.  Local history volunteers have already begun research, which we will make available to everyone.

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