Last night, the Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, shared her letter to an unknown soldier at the launch of The Women of Empire 1914-1918 exhibition at the Capital Theatre.
“I am honoured to have been invited to be a part of Australia’s A Letter to the Fallen project,” said Ms Chesters.
The A Letter to the Fallen project invites Australians young and old, from all walks of life, to write a letter to an Australian soldier of the Great War who is ‘known unto God’ and is at rest in Flanders Fields.
“These were young people who left our region with the promise of a great overseas adventure. They made sacrifices we cannot even imagine so that we can live in peace and security.
“Like many Australians, my family has a story. Both my great-great-grandfathers on my mother’s side fought for the Commonwealth in the First World War,” said Ms Chesters.
The Women of Empire 1914-1918 exhibition, created by the Dressing Australia Museum of Costume in Central Victoria, celebrates the lives of over 30 women of Australia and New Zealand, whose lives were transformed by their experiences in World War One.
“I strongly encourage people to visit this remarkable exhibition at the Capital this weekend and take the time to reflect and write their own letter to the fallen.
“This is a very poignant way for us to recognise the personal sacrifices made by the men and women from our region,” said Ms Chesters.
The Women of Empire 1914-1918 exhibition will be at the Capital Theatre until 15 April 2015.
For more information about the A Letter to the Fallen Project Australia, visit the website: www.alettertothefallenaustraliaproject.com.au or Facebook page: www.facebook.com/lettertothefallenaustralia . Letters can also be emailed to [email protected] or posted to LTF Project, 55 McCoy Street, Eddington, 3472.