Saturday, May 12, 2007

Shrine of Memories

Shrine of MemoriesThe Shrine of Memories is a memorial of the Second World War dedicated to various Queensland contingents of the armed forces. It is co-located with the Crypt in the subway underneath the ANZAC Square Shrine of Remembrance. There are Touch and Tell systems in place that explain the significance of Anzac Square to visitors. It is open Monday to Friday 9.00am - 2.15pm except on ANZAC Day when hours are extended.

Shrine of Memories MuralWithin the Shrine and Crypt there are Honour Rolls, Unit Plaques, a memorial mosaic and soils from official World War II cemeteries. The Crypt was established in 1930 to contain tributes for Australian and allied participants. In 1984 the Second World War Shrine of Memories was relocated to the enlarged crypt from its previous location as part of the Returned & Services League (RSL) State Branch headquarters at ANZAC House in Wickham Terrace. It had been established at the RSL Branch in 1959. The mosaic, designed by Don Ross, comprises over 140,000 small pieces of hand cut Venetian glass enamels and depicts what I consider is the release of the spirit of those who gave the supreme sacrifice in War.

Shrine of Memories Angel
The Angel on the entrance wall to the Crypt represents the Angel of Peace. Entering this place is a very sombre and moving experience. It allows you to reflect on those who gave their lives, and that they not be forgotten. Over the course of writing this blog I have found that writing on the ANZAC tradition brings forth both emotions of regret at the wasted lives, but also pride that we honour those who defended hour nation and beliefs. We should strive not to make war, but to honour Peace throughout the world.

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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