About 250 people came from all over South Australia and beyond for the unveiling of the new Karoonda East Murray memorial roll at Karoonda Oval on Sunday.
A shorter honour roll had existed on the oval’s memorial gates, but others were scattered across the district, including at the Karoonda Institute and Halidon council chambers.
Now, the sons and the daughters of the Mallee who served in World War I and II, the occupation of Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan are named together, in one place, accessible to the public at all times.
Colonel Rob Manton, director of Veterans SA, said they deserved to be honoured in such a way.
“Some gave their all, but all gave themselves in service of their country,” he said.
“Their service reminds us that freedom is not bought cheaply; it holds a cost and imposes a burden.”
He urged those present to pause and remember whenever they passed the gates.
The memorial was funded through the federal Saluting Their Service program, the state Anzac Day commemoration fund and the district council.
The research that went into it took four years of labour by Margaret Size, Karoonda’s 2017 citizen of the year.
The hundreds of photos and service histories she found were on show at the Institute hall after the ceremony.