Council unveils ​century of Armistice plaque

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and Smithfield RSL sub-branch president Bill Cruwys with the plaque at Wetherill Park Reserve. Picture: Simon Bennett
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and Smithfield RSL sub-branch president Bill Cruwys with the plaque at Wetherill Park Reserve. Picture: Simon Bennett

Fairfield Council has unveiled a permanent tribute to commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I with a plaque at Wetherill Park Reserve.

The plaque, funded from the Commonwealth Government’s Armistice Centenary Grants Program, honours the service and sacrifice of the original ANZACs.

In total, 373 men and women enlisted from Fairfield to serve in World War I with 38 losing their life. 

Speaking at the launch on Thursday, Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said the plaque was to honour not only the sacrifices of past service men and woman but all that have served the country since.

“They have given us our rights, beliefs and values that we hold so dear to hearts; that is freedom and democracy,” he said.

We will remember: The plaque at Wetherill Park Reserve, corner of Daniel and Victoria streets, Wetherill Park.

We will remember: The plaque at Wetherill Park Reserve, corner of Daniel and Victoria streets, Wetherill Park.

“2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War I, a victory that came at a heavy cost. We honour the 60,000 Australian men and women who served our nation, and also acknowledge the tens of thousands of Australians who have served in conflicts since.”

Smithfield RSL sub-branch president Bill Cruwys was on hand to unveil the plaque with other members of the club and councillor Councillor Ninos Khoshaba.

“100 years ago the guns fell silent and it’s great to see the council put forward another plaque in commemoration of our members and their service,” Mr Cruwys said.