Burcher War Memorial Gates
Park with arch and brick columns supporting plaques.
In 1949 the first organised Anzac Day march was held in Burcher finishing at the Park in front of the flag pole. The march has been held every year since then—— at first up to twenty marchers then later on down to five or six as people moved on. At present an average of seven people take part joined by the school pupils.
After World War 2 members of the Patriotic Fund which was formally the Burcher-Wamboyne—Bena Comforts Fund, decided to use their funds to place an Honour Roll in the Burcher Hall beside World War 1 Honour Rolls that had been earlier moved from the Bena and Wamboyne halls (now extinct). Then came the idea of Memorial Gates being erected at the Park. The brickwork was carried out by Bill Moriarty and the welded arch was the work of Reg Keith and Ray and Alan Ridley. The gates were officially opened by Mr. K. G. Anthoness of West Wyalong in 1954.
In the year 2000 Mr. E. F. (Joe) Fitzgerald former president of the Patriotic Fund applied to Veterans Affairs for a grant to have the names of all servicemen on the Honour Rolls placed on plaques at the Memorial Gates. The grant from the Regional War Memorials Project under the Federal Government's Their Service —— Our Heritage commemorative program was approved. Consequently, as soon as acceptance was received by the Department of Veteran's Affairs the grant of $1,900 was forwarded to Lachlan Shire Council and the two cast bronze plaques were set in place by Shire workers.
Burcher, Wamboyne, Bena Districts
(World Wars I & II, Korea, Vietnam)