Lions Remembrance Park and the Rats of Tobruk Monument are side by side. Lions Remembrance Park has remembrance cairns to the Korean Veterans, Vietnam Veterans, and a Dedication to National Service Subscripts and more. The Park is fully landscaped with high quality walk ways.
Remembrance Park is located near the City Center on the corner of White and Takalvan Streets. The Park is beside Bundaberg West State School.
REMEMBRANCE DAY 11 NOVEMBER 2022
Lion’s Remembrance Park
Concluding the project of honouring Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee with planting of trees was a ceremony involving association members, guests Cr Jack Dempsey, Mayor of Bundaberg Region and Alan Williams, secretary, Bundaberg Lions Club.
Following a welcome and short address by association president Jennifer Waldron, a wreath was laid at the Women of the Australian Defence Force Memorial by Olive Paterson. Shirley Watson recited the poem by John McCrae, In Flanders Fields and Dannielle Brearley recited the Ode.
The gathering then moved a short distance to begin the tree ceremony. After an official welcome and the playing of the Royal Anthem of Australia, President Jennifer Waldron addressed those assembled:
Our ‘jubilee trees for war memorial parks’ project will create an enduring, living legacy that will honor and commemorate the Queens 70 years of service to Australia and the Commonwealth. Given The Queen’s service during WWII and her role as Colonel in Chief of the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps, it is fitting that the two parks for our project are here at Lions Remembrance Park, home of many WWII memorials and at War Nurses Memorial Park.
Before becoming Queen, she served with the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), the women’s branch of the British Army, during the Second World War – joining when she turned 18 and training as a mechanic. She was also the first female of the Royal family to be an active-duty member of the British Armed Forces.
The completed project will be a dream come true for our group of proud women veterans, ensuring our treasured war memorial parks are presented in a fitting manner to the community, and reflecting their high esteem for our war nurses and the men and women who have served Australia. 23 trees have been planted at the western end of War Nurses Memorial Park adding to the trees we planted at the memorial end of the park in 2014 during the Centenary of Anzac. Here at Lions Remembrance Park 10 trees have been planted, providing a parade of Quandong trees to complement the war memorials that reside here. Permanent commemorative signage has been installed at both parks.
Bundaberg District Women Veterans are honoured on behalf of all servicewomen and servicemen of the Bundaberg region to participate in the nation-wide tree planting program, and have pride in delivering a lasting commemorative legacy of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee for the community of Bundaberg. President Jennifer then invited Mayor Jack Dempsey, Bundaberg Regional Council, Alan Williams representing Bundaberg Lions Club and Leone Wilson OAM, Patron Bundaberg District Women Veterans to undertake the ceremonial planting of the final tree to mark the conclusion of the Jubilee Trees for War Memorial Parks project.
The National Anthem followed. The ceremony concluded with a thank-you from the president.
This project is jointly funded through Bundaberg District Women Veterans and The Australian Government’s Planting Trees for The Queen’s Jubilee Program, and I thank the government for providing funding support. I also wish to acknowledge the wonderful support provided by Bundaberg Regional Council Parks staff Carla and Cody, their technical assistance, has been invaluable.
Thanks to Angella, Leone and Sharon who have greatly assisted me in getting the project completed; and a special thankyou to our women veterans and everyone who help both at July event and helping setup for this morning’s event. Thankyou everyone for attending this historic event this morning and that concludes our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Tree Planting Ceremony.
Mayor Jack Dempsey took the opportunity to thank both Bundaberg District Women Veterans and Bundaberg Lions Club for the contributions made to the community of Bundaberg.