LETTER: RSL president says Cenotaph is used for memorials

LETTER: I refer to the letters written by Diane Christensen and Gary and Marlene Beltrame with regard to the non-use of the original cenotaph on Anzac Day.

In 2013 as parade marshal I have four schools on the road that could not fit into the park surrounding the original memorial.

The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch then contacted the Fraser Coast Regional Council with the idea to enlarge the area to accommodate the ever-increasing number of people who attend.

To this end we now have the new memorial in place.

The reason this is used is because of the size of the crowds that do attend these services for which the ex-service community of Hervey Bay is most appreciative.

All other services that are conducted, apart from the Operation RIMAU commemoration (held at Dayman Park, Urangan) are held at the original memorial.

Contrary to Diane Christensen's comments, there were wreaths laid on the original memorial during Anzac Day services.

Brian Tidyman, president, Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch.