Remembering our servicemen

Pam Veiss, Monaro Regional Libraries Manager (left), is joined by Jessie Warner, a volunteer for the Family and Historical Society. They are holding images of some of the Cooma men who served in WW1.

Pam Veiss, Monaro Regional Libraries Manager (left), is joined by Jessie Warner, a volunteer for the Family and Historical Society. They are holding images of some of the Cooma men who served in WW1.

A SPECIAL exhibition will be held at Cooma Library throughout August to commemorate the centenary of Australia's involvement in World War One.

Monaro Regional Libraries (MRL) and local family history volunteers have called on people to share photos of relatives who served in the war from the Monaro.

The MRL theme for the photographic exhibition,which coincides with Family History Month, is 'researching your WW1 servicemen.'

Pam Veiss, the MRL Manager, is encouraging people with any historical items of WW1 servicemen to come forward and add to the libraries database.

She says it would be wonderful if families were willing to loan, donate or allow the library to copy any photographs they might have for the exhibition.

"If people are able to to contribute to this project they can bring their photographs to Cooma Library or contact us with any questions," Ms Veiss said.

"From August 11 to August 15 there will be members from the historical society available to help people research their families and to show them the best places to track down records."

Jessie Warner volunteers at the library where she helps collate family and regional history items.

She says locals may have images sitting at home and not realise they could be of use to the library.

"The exhibition is concentrating on the people on the Cooma Cenotaph, there are 53 listed names and we only have photos for seven of these," Ms Warner said.

"If people do have any photos they can send them forth or any information on WW! soldiers from Cooma."

The photographic display will commemorate the 53 Cooma residents who lost their life in the war.

In conjunction with the exhibition, MRL has joined the national campaign 5000 Poppies as part of 2015 ANZAC Day commemorations.

"People are invited to knit, crochet, felt or sew poppies that will be displayed at Cooma Library and then sent to Federation Square in Melbourne where they will be 'planted for Anzac Day in 2015," Ms Veiss said.

If you have WW1 photographs or would like to be involved in the 5000 Poppies commemorations, call Cooma Library on 6455 1730.

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