Ex-POW memorial reaches 10-year milestone

HUNDREDS attended at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial in Ballarat to pay their respect at a ten-year anniversary service this morning. 

Ex-POW, friends, family and Ballarat dignitaries paid their respect to the thousands of men and women held captive during the Boer War, World War I, World War II and the Korean War. 

The official ceremony started at 11.30am,  with speeches from Ballarat City Council Mayor Josh Morris, senator and minister for veteran affairs Michael Ronaldson and RSL National President Ken Doolan. 

Ballarat resident Les Kennedy, who is one of the four Ex-POW trustees, said the morning ceremony was a success. 

"The ceremony went very, very well today," Mr Kennedy said. 

"We were expecting a lot of people to show up. We had 600 chairs and every one of those chairs was occupied." 

Mr Kennedy said war veterans' names were still being added to the 36,000-strong list.  

Ballarat City Council mayor Josh Morris said it was amazing to have Ballarat locals push for something of national significance in the city. 

"(The memorial wall) is the first tribute to the men and women that gave so much," Cr Morris said during his opening address to the crowd. 

"In 2008 (the memorial wall) was given national significance." 

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Ritchard Norman Eaton from Bunbury WA sees his name for the very first time at age 95 at the Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Ritchard Norman Eaton from Bunbury WA sees his name for the very first time at age 95 at the Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Ritchard Norman Eaton from Bunbury WA sees his name for the very first time at age 95 at the Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Ritchard Norman Eaton from Bunbury WA sees his name for the very first time at age 95 at the Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Guest Speaker Rosalind Hearder - Author of "Keep The Men Alive" - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Guest Speaker Rosalind Hearder - Author of "Keep The Men Alive" - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Bob Wooley - RSL President of St. Arnold. The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Bob Wooley - RSL President of St. Arnold. The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Mayor Joshua Morris, Major General Aziz Gregory Melick - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Mayor Joshua Morris, Major General Aziz Gregory Melick - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Councillor and Mayor Joshua Morris - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Councillor and Mayor Joshua Morris - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Councillor and Mayor Joshua Morris - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Councillor and Mayor Joshua Morris - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

 Senator The Hon Michael Ronaldson  - Representing on behalf of the Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Senator The Hon Michael Ronaldson - Representing on behalf of the Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Senator The Hon Michael Ronaldson  - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Senator The Hon Michael Ronaldson - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Major General Aziz Gregory Melick - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Major General Aziz Gregory Melick - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Major General Aziz Gregory Melick - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Major General Aziz Gregory Melick - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Superintendent Andrew Allen - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Superintendent Andrew Allen - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Superintendent Andrew Allen - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Superintendent Andrew Allen - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Reverend John Furness - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Reverend John Furness - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Barry McDaniel (Chief Petty Officer US Navy), John Thomas (Staft Sargent US Army) - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Barry McDaniel (Chief Petty Officer US Navy), John Thomas (Staft Sargent US Army) - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Norm and Terry Eaton - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Norm and Terry Eaton - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Bruce Roberts (WIN News) - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Bruce Roberts (WIN News) - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Geoff Howard, Sharon Knight - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Geoff Howard, Sharon Knight - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Minna and Jon Brimacombe, Jill Hayes - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Minna and Jon Brimacombe, Jill Hayes - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Vincent and Diane Tuck - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Vincent and Diane Tuck - The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Ex-POW Memorial 10 Year Anniversary. Picture: Justin Whitelock