KIAMA-Jamberoo RSL has undertaken the daunting task of updating the Kiama Memorial Arch to honour all the past soldiers who have served, including recent conflicts such as East Timor.
The memorial wall adjacent to the arch, which has recently been completed by Kiama Municipal Council, is the second part of the project. On the wall, families can honour deceased relatives, regardless of where they lived and when they served.
"We are going to update the arch, with names to be put on black granite tablets," Kiama-Jamberoo RSL secretary Dennis Seage said. "However, we first want to make sure that we haven't overlooked anyone.
"People just have to have enlisted or been conscripted while a resident of Kiama or Jamberoo prior to being deployed to have their name added to the plaque."
The idea of the Wall of Remembrance came about when Bill Florance queried whether his late father, Terry, could be honoured in some way for his contribution to the local RSL.
Kiama-Jamberoo RSL president Ian Pullar said Mr Florance's idea had merit and his branch decided to create the remembrance wall.
"Terry Florance gave many years of dedicated service to the local RSL after moving to Kiama and was particularly active on the welfare front," he said. "Members like him deserve to be remembered. He also served in New Guinea during World War II."
The wall will be named after Gordon Grellman, who passed away in 2009.
"Gordon's war service is well-known as he flew Lancaster Bombers in World War II," Mr Pullar said.
"In fact he was so famous that the cap he used to wear on all his missions is now in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
"His contribution locally simply can't be overlooked. He was well-known as postmaster at Minnamurra Post Office and worked tirelessly for Legacy. We really couldn't have wanted a better example of the RSL."
Mr Grellman's long-time friend, Wilma Glasson, said she was thrilled by the gesture to name the wall in his honour.
"He was such a humble man, and I am sure he would be delighted to think he has been honoured in this way by the RSL," she said.
Anyone who would like to be added to the arch should write to the RSL, PO Box 34, Kiama. For the Wall of Remembrance, forms are available from Kiama Council. Solid bronze plaques cost $130, payable to the council once the applications are authorised by the RSL.
See the advertisment on Page 15 for the list of names to be included on the arch.