Poignant sculpture donated to Narooma RSL
ARTIST and Narooma High School art teacher Jenni Bourke last week donated a sculpture to the Narooma Sub-Branch RSL.
The sculpture was modelled on a photo by Michael Yon of a US Army Major carrying a wounded young girl.
The photo was described as “Major Mark Bieger found this little girl after a car bomb attacked our guys while kids were crowding around.”
“The soldiers here have been angry and sad for two days. They are angry because the terrorists could just as easily have waited a block or two and attacked the patrol away from the kids. Instead, the suicide bomber drove his car and hit the Stryker when about 20 children were jumping up and down and waving at the soldiers. Major Bieger took some of our soldiers and rushed this little girl to the US hospital. He wanted her to have American surgeons and not to go to the Iraqi hospital.
“She didn’t make it. I snapped this picture when Major Bieger ran to take her away. He kept stopping to talk with her and hug her,” photographer Michael Yon said.
Jenni said the sculpture took her about a month to make.
“I made the sculpture for an exhibition to raise awareness and money for Afghani widows and children and now I’m donating it to the RSL,” she said.
The sculpture is now being exhibited in the RSL cabinet at Club Narooma.
ANZAC Day at Narooma, Tilba
THE upgrade of the war memorial at Club Narooma has been completed in time for ANZAC Day on Friday, April 25.
The war memorial has had six new granite pillars added to it, commemorating the South Africa Boar War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Malaysian Emergency and Vietnam War.
There has also been two more flag poles put in place and on ANZAC Day the Australian, New Zealand, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islands flags will the flown.
ANZAC Day in Narooma starts with the Dawn Service at the Club Narooma war memorial at 6am.
The main service begins at 11am with the March assembling at 10.40 and starting at 10.55am.
The Tilba ANZAC Day organising committee meanwhile is still seeking photographs and memorabilia for its planned innovative display.
The committee plans for a bigger display in 2015, the centenary of the tragic Gallipoli landing.
Please contact Harry Bate on 4473 7259.
WWI dinner at Club Narooma
THIS year is the 100th Anniversary since WWI and the Narooma RSL Sub- branch is holding a special commemorative dinner on Saturday, April 19 at 6.30pm.
The dinner will be held in the Montague Room at Club Narooma and consists of an entrée, main, dessert, wine, beer and soft drinks all for $40 per head.
Bookings are essential at reception at Club Narooma.