Bathurst resident John Bullock has called on members of the community to go the extra distance to preserve and honour the history of their family members who served in war.
Mr Bullock has recently sourced the construction of a framed display to honour his father, Warwick William Bullock, who earned five medals during his three years of service in the Australian Army during World War II.
He said the framing of ex-servicemen and women, along with their medals and selected memorabilia, serve as an important means to preserve the history of Australia's involvement in war.
"There's a lot of history there, and it's critically important for future generations to remember what happened in World War II, as well as World War I and various other wars where Australia has served, as its part of our identity," Mr Bullock said.
"More people died in the World Wars than the deaths we're seeing today as a result of COVID, and while these times are quite difficult for Bathurstians, and indeed Australians, it was, by all accounts, far worse during wartime, both at home and at the front."
Bathurst RSL Sub Branch president David Mills echoes Mr Bullock's view, saying Bathurst's proud heritage [i.e. the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon] was largely built on those who served Australia in wartime.
"Heritage defines who we are, and John's research and deep dive into the history of his father has resulted in an important display honouring a piece of our local past," Mr Mills said.
"Not all heritage is positive, but we have to develop it, celebrate it and learn from it."
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