A war memorial is a monument or structure, usually in a public place, that commemorates persons who have died in war or in military service. War memorials can take many different forms, from a simple plaque commemorating those who died, to larger sculptural works that serve as a reminder of the scale of a conflict.
There are war memorials in many towns and cities across Australia, and indeed around the world. Many of these memorials were erected in the years immediately following World War I and World War II, when the loss of life was still fresh in the minds of those who survived. In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in war memorials, as we grapple with more recent conflicts and the loss of life that they have brought.
The most common form of war memorial is a statue or sculpture of a soldier, or group of soldiers. These memorials can be found in town squares and parks across the country. They serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made by those who have served, and of the grief felt by those who have lost loved ones in war.
Another common type of war memorial is a plaque. These plaques are often found in public places, such as on the side of a building or in a park. They usually list the names of those who died in a particular conflict and often include a short message of remembrance. There are also war memorials that take the form of more abstract structures. These memorials usually also consist of a long, black wall with the names of those who died in the war etched into it. A war memorial is a sombre and moving reminder of the human cost of war.
No matter what form they take, war memorials serve an important purpose. They help us to remember the sacrifices made by our fellow citizens and to honour the memory of those who have died in the war.
Ken Slater Memorials takes pride in assisting with the manufacture and design of war memorials and can guide you through the process of creating an Australian war memorial that will serve as a timeless reminder of the sacrifices made during battle.