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The Aintree Walk of Honour reflects the spirit of the famous Avenues of Honour to our west, at Bacchus Marsh and Ballarat. These great avenues and many other memorials were constructed in the wake of World War 1, as towns and communities struggled to come to terms with the loss of so many of their young men. Grief was on a global scale. Local families and those of remote foes, suffered the same fate.
Our Walk of Honour marks our community’s contribution to the ANZAC Centenary commemoration, spanning the period 2014-18. The ANZAC tradition that was forged on the battlefield at Gallipoli, Turkey has grown to symbolize notions of courage, sacrifice, service and mate-ship, whilst also serving as a graphic reminder of the human cost of an ultimately futile pursuit.
Our Walk includes plaques that in a time-honoured way recognize lost service personnel with a local connection but also includes contemporary interpretations of Australia’s war history from the Boer War until the most recent conflict involving Australian troops. At the eastern end of the walk there is space for conflicts yet to happen; a poignant reminder of the inevitability of future military engagement.
Ours is a whole of community initiative to link wise old minds with younger perspectives and to create of a lasting reflective legacy that speaks the language of young people. This site has a significant and distinct connection with Australia’s military effort and the detail of this connection is expanded upon as you further immerse yourself in the experience via your smartphone. The “torch of remembrance” of sacrifice from our district and beyond, is being passed to the next generation.
We welcome visitors and encourage the establishment or renewal of connections with the military history of our nation by sharing in the stories of those who served, or stayed behind.
The Aintree Walk of Honour was opened on 31 March 2017, in advance of its completion by Remembrance Day 2018. The contribution of the following community groups to the project is gratefully acknowledged:
Caroline Springs and Melton RSL Sub Branches
Melton Family History Group
Melton Historical Society
Partners of Veterans Association of Australia (Vic)
This is why every donation to Run for the Kids (no matter how big or small) can be life changing to the children of Victoria. Join us at training tomorrow night from 6pm at Frontier Park to meet your fellow residents who will be walking, jogging or running for Team Woodlea on race day.
School holidays are just around the corner & we have the perfect activity to get your kids outside, help them meet new friends & learn the basics of soccer. More information below - get in fast as places are limited.
Exciting news for Woodlea's Early Education Centre - they're opening their doors for tours from Tuesday! Ensure you email through your preferred time as places are limited & sure to fill out fast!
**COMPETITION TIME** For your chance to win a family ski trip to Hotham Alpine Resort valued at over $2.5K, simply join the Woodlea Joggernauts team when registering for Run for the Kids 2019 & get creative by dressing up with Woodlea’s colour - orange! Register here: http://bit.ly/WoodleaR4K2019. Winners will be announced on 8 April 2019.
Woodlea are proud to be the first ever sponsors of the Run for the Kids Short Course & have the privilege of helping so many brave kids & their families. Thanks to the Royal Children's Hospital & their world-leading care, Houston Larcart is now able to enjoy a fun filled life, two years on from being diagnosed with leukaemia. Full story below.
How delicious is our Community Garden looking? Check out these fresh figs that were recently harvested! If you'd like first pick of the crop, sign up to become an Aintree Community Garden member - it's free & comes with so many perks.
One of our amazing residents isn't only running weekly training sessions to make Woodlea Australia's healthiest community, BUT also to give back to The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne , who gave her sister a second chance in life! Help raise funds and JOIN TEAM WOODLEA here: http://bit.ly/WoodleaR4K2019