The Geelong Road Avenue of Honour was a Citizen's memorial funded by the community and established in 1947 for those who died in World Wars I and II. The widening of Geelong Road in the 1960's resulted in substantial changes to the original avenue and overtime many of the plaques were no longer visible.
The decision to relocate the plaques to the entrance of Footscray Park was made in consultation with the community in 2009. The goal was to develop a setting that was accessible by the community for both private reflection and commemorative ceremonies.
The memorial garden at Footscray Park honouring fallen soldiers from World War I and World War II opened in April 2013.
The garden is based upon the alignment of the original Avenue of Honour, and conveys a key message of strength through unity as well as contemplation and reflection for those who gave their lives in conflict.
The ceremonial terrace has a series of interlocking concrete plinths that support 225 original memorial plaques from the Geelong Road Avenue of Honour. Interpretative signage on the plinths includes quotes and images.