Wednesday, June 8, 2011
On the wings of a dove
The ACT Memorial, Ainslie Avenue, Civic.
This is a two-part memorial: the physical part you can see in these photos, and a website with the stories of those who are commemorated. The memorial honours men and women who were associated with the ACT prior to active service in conflicts, peacekeeping missions and related activities.
The sculptural part of the memorial was designed by Canberra artist Matthew Harding, and installed in 2006. The tall 'wings' or 'feathers' represent the Dove of Peace, enfolding the globe/world and the memorial space.
The website includes a database of people eligible for inclusion in the memorial, and if you know or are related to someone eligible, you can apply to have them added to the database. The ACT Heritage Library has many interesting stories too.