Nearly all cultures have found ways of remembering wars and honouring their war heroes. Some preserved the memory through myths and legends and others built monuments.
The Remembrance Driveway Committee has help created a living tribute along the highways between Sydney and Canberra to commemorate all those who had served in the Australian Defence Forces during World War 2, subsequent conflicts and peace keeping missions, and those who are currently serve in operational theatres around the world.
History behind the Committee
The Great War of 1914–1918 fostered an enormous community need to establish lasting memorials to those who served their country. Today Australia has more war memorials than any other nation.
After World War 2, planting trees was seen as a symbol of hope for the future. Mrs Margaret Davis MBE, the Founding President of the Garden Club of Australia, suggested planting a living memorial to those Australians who had served in World War 2.
The Remembrance Driveway Committee was formed in April 1952 to investigate planting avenues of trees and establishing groves and memorial parks along the Hume and Federal Highways between Sydney and Canberra to honour those who had served as members of the Australian Defence Forces during World War 2. The Committee continues with the planning necessary to develop the Driveway to its full potential.
In the mid – 1990s the Committee decided to honour the 24 Australians who were awarded the Victoria Cross for acts of valour and extraordinary personal courage during World War 2 and in Vietnam by establishing roadside rest areas and memorial parks in their honour. To date the Committee has completed 22 memorials with funding assistance from the Federal, NSW and ACT Government.
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