LIKE NEW: South Grafton RSL Sub Branch honorary secretary Bob Hayes and president Fred Norris with the recently refurbished Ramornie cenotaph.
LIKE NEW: South Grafton RSL Sub Branch honorary secretary Bob Hayes and president Fred Norris with the recently refurbished Ramornie cenotaph. Jarrard Potter

Once moss-covered and neglected cenotaph now looks like new

IT'S taken two years of hard work, but the Ramornie cenotaph is looking like new in time for the Ramornie memorial service this Sunday.

South Grafton RSL Sub Branch president Fred Norris said it was good to be able to see the cenotaph, which is on the Gwydir Hwy, in all of its glory.

"Before it was dirty and covered in moss, it was a shame to see it look so neglected," he said.

"People who drive past wouldn't even notice it, but now that it's all cleaned up, it looks fantastic."

The South Grafton RSL Sub Branch was successful in receiving a Department of Veteran Affairs grant of $1650, with the help of Nationals MP Kevin Hogan.

South Grafton RSL Sub Branch honorary secretary Bob Hayes said the Ramornie cenotaph was unique in that it features the names of five men who served in the British Army who volunteered from Ramornie.

"There were quite a few who worked in the old meatworks at Ramornie who enlisted and some of those who volunteered actually joined the British Army, and those names appear on the cenotaph," he said.

This year, the Sunday before Anzac falls on Kapyong Day, which commemorates one of the fiercest battles Australian soldiers fought in during the Korean War.

"We're devoting the service to the Korean War, as Sunday will be the 65th anniversary of Kapyong Day," Mr Hayes said.

"Kapyong Day is often overshadowed by Anzac Day as it's so close, so to be able to have the theme for this year's service as the Korean War is really good.

"We're expecting veterans who served in the Korean War to attend, so that will be special."



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