The new memorial garden at Footscray Park honouring fallen soldiers from World War I and World War II, is now open.
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 226 original memorial plaques from the Geelong Road Avenue of Honour. Interpretative signage on the plinths includes quotes and images.
The garden project involved soldier’s family members, Footscray and inner western RSL branches, the Maribyrnong Heritage Advisory Committee, the Victorian Veterans Council and the Department of Veterans Affairs Australia. A launch officially opening the Footscray Memorial Garden will be held on the 18 April 2013.