The Avenue of Honour

Recognised as a significant National Memorial, the Avenue of Honour was opened 22 June 2013 by General David Hurley AC, DSC, Chief of Defence Force and Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith. This tree lined Avenue stretches 250 metres, almost to the waters edge and will display a spectacular show of flame red blossoms each year from October to December, encompassing Remembrance Day.

About the Avenue of Honour

The Avenue of Honour owes its existence to the family of local soldier Private Ben Chuck, one of three commandos killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2010, was from Yungaburra. His family tirelessly campaigned to raise the $300,000 needed to build the memorial, which many people say is a place of healing and closure. The site was formally opened in November 2014 during a ceremony attended by Defence chief General David Hurley, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. A roll of honour for the soldiers killed in Afghanistan was read out, while doves were released with a hope for peace and wreaths were laid at the memorial by the families of the fallen diggers. At that stage, 39 Diggers had died in Afghanistan.

(Source ABC News 7 Nov 2014)

National memorial

The Avenue of Honour is situated adjacent to Lake Tinaroo on the Tinaburra Peninsula. The site is to be maintained in perpetuity as a national memorial in honour of all the men and women who served, as well as to commemorate the memory of all Australian soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in the fight against terror in Afghanistan. It is one of the few monuments of its type outside of Canberra.

If you are stirred by your visit to the Yungaburra Avenue of Honour, we recommend a visit to the Facebook page dedicated to the cause

Avenue of Hounour - Facebook