Lest we forget . . . Alexandra-Clyde RSA representatives (from left) Paul Galloway, Kevin Harding and Gerry Sutherland welcome people coming to admire the plaque in the Clyde Cemetery to honour the servicemen and women buried there. A similar plaque has been installed at the Alexandra Cemetery. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

A four-year project honouring Alexandra and Clyde’s servicemen and women has come to fruition.

The Alexandra-Clyde RSA has recently installed two large granite plaques, adorned with the words “Lest we forget”, in the Alexandra and Clyde cemeteries.

RSA Otago-Southland vice-president Kevin Harding said the idea came about thanks to a member of the community who showed him photos of similar projects in Cromwell and Wanaka.

“That sparked it all off. I said, ‘If they can do it, then we can too’.”

A trust – the New Zealand Remembrance Army – has been set up to foster volunteer groups across the country to maintain servicemen’s and women’s headstones and memorials.

Alexandra-Clyde RSA executive member Paul Galloway said although the plaques were not a direct response to that trust, they complemented it as a way of honouring those who sacrificed their lives.

“Our core pillars [are] welfare and remembrance – [the plaques] are part of our remembrance.”

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