"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Wednesday 21 October 2015


A leaflet published by the Aurora War Memorial  Board in 1988  provides everything anyone might want to know of the history of the Aurora War memorial and  the Memorial Garden.

Details are all there, including use for the Monument, registered against title of the land.

It cannot be used for any  purpose except that for which it was acquired. 

No meetings  are allowed other than approved for the purpose of raising  funds for upkeep of the Memorial.

The use cannot be stretched to include  use of the property to display any monument other than to commemorate those who fell in battle. 

Jacqueline Stuart is the acknowledged authority of town history. Ms Stuart has informed Council
of the history of the institution and why placement of a war machines is neither legal nor appropriate use. 

Every year on November 11th, the gathering grows at the Cenotaph.The town's oldest  and youngest residents are there together. Parents clearly  intend the tradition will be passed on and memory kept fresh and meaningful.

That's respect. 

The Mayor and Council are in attendance to pay their respects.

I can't believe the intention is to disrespect an institution soon to mark a century of town history. 

Yet  that is exactly the impact of the decision to display  a facsimile of an armed military vehicle in that

It does not belong.

It is not welcome. 

It has no right to occupy that space  

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We have to wait & see what Council decides. Fortunately there is time for them to maybe get it right.