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SOUTHPORT WAR MEMORIAL

THE UNVEILING CEREMONY.

SOUTHPORT, April 25.

The war memorial erected by. the resi- dents of Southport and distsrict iwas un- veiled this afternoon by (Mr. J. C. Appel, MJLA., in the presence of the largest gathering which has ever 'been seen in Southport. The site of the monument, which fitandB 18ft. high, and is bruit of Helidon freestone, is at the foot of Ncrang-street. Four marble fcabletB, com- prising the four sides of the base, are inscribed with the names of the men who enliBted from Southport and districts. Tha front tablet is reserved lor those wha made the supreme sacrifice. The base is surmounted by the figure of a soldier. The monument is flanked by two guhs which were presented as war trophies to the Southport Council. The returned soldiers of the town, together with the Citizen, Forces and school children, fell in at tbe Town Hall, and marched to the site. The hymn, "¡Nearer, "My God, to Thee," was played by the Southport Band, and sung by the Southport Choral Society. When unveiling thp monument Mr. Appel said tint on that day they were commemorating the greatest of all days, when Australia's sons on Gal hpoli gave their lives, and built op an Australian nation. Whether in Gallipoli, I^gypt, Palestine, or the shot-ridden fields of »ance, the Australians had proved themselves men, and had done their duty. In the future, when the Great War was forgotten, tina monument would remind future generation« that their fathers and grandfathers had donn their duty. A number of wreaths were placed on the monument, including a laurel wreath from the -R-SilXLA. The cercinonyi concludrd with the singing of "Abide, Wjth M>" and "God Save, the King."

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