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Marking 100 years since our involvement in the First World War, the Anzac Centenary was a time to honour the service and sacrifice of our original Anzacs, and the generations of Australian servicemen and women who have defended our values and freedoms in wars, conflicts and peace operations throughout a Century of Service.
Underpinned by the theme ‘a memorial for all, not a few’, the Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk acknowledges the impact of conflict on Australian society, both at home and abroad, while honouring the service of all who have worn the nation’s uniform through a Century of Service since World War I. The Memorial Walk does not discriminate between conflict or campaign, nor does it seek to highlight the service of any individual, unit, organisation, association or service.
The Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018 is Australia’s most significant period of national commemoration.
The Memorial Walk is based on 3 design pillars:
Remembrance, symbolised by the South Australian National War Memorial and associated
Service, symbolised by the Torrens Parade Ground from where many service personnel departed for theatres of operation.
Loyalty, symbolised by Government House.
South Australian materials were used to construct the 280 metre Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk.
The Memorial Walk connects the South Australian National War Memorial with the key mustering point for the many South Australians who served our nation during conflict.
Designed by Grieve Gillett Dimitty Andersen Architects, constructed by BMD Constructions, and project managed by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, the Memorial Walk’s key design elements include:
• Open blade fencing, designed to reveal the grounds of Government House, reinforces the loyalty design pillar.
• 70 metres of Adelaide Black granite panelling has been sourced from Black Hill near Mannum. 30 metres of the panelling features interpretive artwork acknowledging the impact on Australian society of all conflicts from World War I to Afghanistan. Etched on either side of the interpretive artwork are 1,020 markers, each representing 100 lives lost in conflict.
• Embedded in the paving are theatres of war representative of areas of conflict to which Australian servicemen and women have been deployed.
• Surrounding the South Australian National War Memorial, and along the Memorial Walk, are Balmoral Green pavers from near Padthaway (Bordertown). To acknowledge the heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders particular areas of the precinct are paved with Calca red pavers, from near Streaky Bay (Eyre Peninsula).
• The Memorial Walk is defined by a linear garden designed to provide a space for reflection and contemplation removed from the City surrounds. Evergreen native water gums are the principal foliage in the garden beds. A cluster of Golden Wattles frame the Pathway of Honour at the northern end of the Memorial Walk. The Wattle was selected because of its significance as Australia’s national emblem and its importance to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
• Five interpretive panels provide descriptions of the symbology associated with the design of the Memorial Walk.
• In the evening, strategically placed lighting will highlight key elements to provide visitors with a further experience.
The Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk was officially opened by His Excellency the Hon Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia, on Saturday 23 April 2016. Rat of Tobruk veteran Mr Bill Corey cut the ribbon flanked by His Excellency and the Premier of South Australia, the Hon Jay Weatherill MP.
Over 200 guests and an estimated 500 members of the public attended the opening staged in front of the black granite area of the Memorial Walk. The symbolic cutting of the ribbon saw the curtain raised on the interpretive artwork etched into the granite panels commemorating a century of service.
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