Above: Members of the North West District sub branches, which included Narrabri, Boggabri, Werris Creek, Quirindi and Gunnedah and Ingleburn sub branch members as well as ex-servicemen, attended the dedication of the Baan Baa War Memorial on Saturday.

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It was a special, and solemn, day for the Baan Baa community on Saturday.

More than 150 people enjoyed perfect autumn weather when they gathered at the Baan Baa Hall for the dedication of Baan Baa’s striking new war memorial and unveiling of the plaque to honour those from the district who have served.

Creation of the memorial, crafted in steel depicting service people and elements of the wars, has been achieved with generous support from across the community.

RSL sub branch members from Boggabri, Narrabri, Gunnedah, Werris Creek, Quirindi and Ingleburn RSL sub branches attended. Boggabri RSL sub branch president Steve Eather welcomed the gathering including Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, and visitors including vice president of Ingleburn RSL sub branch Graham Toll, who grew up in Boggabri, and is now retired after a distinguished military career.

Mr Eather also thanked the people and businesses which have sponsored and supported the hall committee with monetary and in kind contributions.

Baan Baa Hall Committee secretary Gill Hudson acknowledged “there are too many people to name individually, however the total cost of the memorial would be around $25,000 and that’s not including the in-kind donations”.