Statue in Australia Honors Lemnos and the Aegean Sea
A bronze statue that depicts a nurse and a soldier in Lemnos Island will be set up in the seaside district of Albert Park, Melbourne. Its purpose is to highlight and remind the young generations of the important role of the island in the war history of Australia. The Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee in cooperation with the Returned Services League (RSL) have initiated the whole matter.
The statue key features the most endearing aspect of Lemnos” role in the Anzac story, the nurses and the sick and wounded soldiers. Inspired by the many moving images taken on the Island in 1915, the sculptor Peter Corlett, has created a wonderfull and striking image of healing and care during war. The statue will rest on a stone plinth or catafalque, which will be adorned with images representing Lemnos, including the names in Greek and English of the villages that became so well-known and welcoming to the Anzacs all those years ago.
The Gallipoli landing was the first military campaign of the Australian Army during World War I. Almost 50,000 Australian soldiers took part. Around 8,700 of them died and 19,000 were wounded. The importance of this campaign for Australia and its impact on Australian history were recognized many years ago.