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10 August, 2023

15 more plaques to be dedicated at VP Day ceremony

FIFTEEN individual plaques will be added to the Rocky Creek Memorial Park as part of Victory in the Pacific Day (VP Day) commemorations at the site this Sunday.

15 more plaques to be dedicated at VP Day ceremony - feature photo

VP Day marks Japan’s acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender and, for Australians, the end of World War II.

“During WWII the Tablelands area became the largest military base in Australia, and Rocky Creek was the site of the largest military hospital in the Southern Hemisphere,” Rocky Creek War Memorial Park committee member Cr Dave Bilney said.

“We remember the local men and women who served and those who were based on the Tablelands during WWII at a ceremony at Rocky Creek War Memorial Park on Sunday 13 August.

“This year is the 78th anniversary of victory in the Pacific and we’ll be dedicating 15 individual plaques during the ceremony.”

The 15 new plaques will add to more than 110 unit and nearly 300 personal plaques in place at the site.

The dedication and unveiling of the plaques commences at 10am, followed at 11am by the VP Day Memorial Service. Attendees are asked to be seated by 10.45am.

Limited camping for self-contained vehicles is available in the adjacent rest area.

Due to the event, the speed limit on the Kennedy Highway near the entrance to the park will be reduced to 60km/hr between 8.30am and 12.30pm on Sunday.


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