As we approach ANZAC Day, it’s important to remember and honour the sacrifices of the men and women who have served in the armed forces of Australia and New Zealand. One special place to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers of the First World War is The Grove of the Unforgotten.
During World War 1, many Young Australia League boys volunteered for active service, and of the 500 volunteers, 89 died in action. The Grove of the Unforgotten was one of the first structures built at Araluen and is a memorial to the 89 young men who were killed in the First World War.
It’s a touching and powerful tribute to their sacrifice, with 89 pines (one for each know soldier and one for the unknown soldier) planted down the sides, linked by 89 steps on either side and a cascading water feature representing the strings of a lyre, playing an eternal requiem. The waterfall comes to rest at the bottom of the Grove in a deep still Pool of Reflection. The Grove stands as a testament to the courage and dedication of the young men of the YAL who gave their lives in service to their country.
As we observe ANZAC Day and remember the sacrifices of those who have served, The Grove of the Unforgotten reminds us of the importance of honouring and respecting the memory of those who gave their lives for our freedom.
- Centre right: 1935
- Bottom left: 1939
- Bottom right: 1962