Whim Creek Service spans decade

The annual Whim Creek Memorial Service by the Lockyer brother’s memorial at the Whim Creek Hotel will mark its tenth anniversary this year.

Hosted by the Pilbara Regiment, the service is held to remember the Pilbara’s five Lockyer brothers who enlisted in the Army and Air Force at the height of World War II.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the service provides a special opportunity to recognise and remember not only the Lockyer brothers, but all Indigenous service personnel and the sacrifices they have made for their country.

“The Lockyer brothers hold a particularly special place in the history of the Pilbara and their memorial at Whim Creek has fittingly become a symbol for all those Indigenous Australian’s who have served this country,” Cr Long said.

“Our Indigenous Australian Soldiers have served in every conflict since the Boer war and this service and others like it around the country are crucial to providing these men and women with the recognition and honour they deserve,” he said.

Pilbara Regiment Captain Condon said the Pilbara Regiment was proud to be involved in the Whim Creek Memorial Service.

“The Pilbara Regiment is proud to be involved in what originally commenced as the Lockyer Brother’s Commemoration Day in 2006. Since the first service, the event has grown to recognise not only the significant sacrifices made by the Lockyer family, but to pay our respect to all Indigenous Australians who have served and continue to serve in the ADF,” Captain Condon said.

The tenth annual Whim Creek Memorial Service will be held at9.30am on Saturday 9 April in front of the Lockyer brother’s memorial in the car park of the Whim Creek Hotel. All are welcome to attend.