A LARGE crowd braved the cold weather to witness the unveiling of the Edward ‘Ted’ Kenna VC statue yesterday.
The long-awaited tribute to Australia’s last living Australian Second World War recipient of the Victoria Cross, was finally revealed at Sam Fitzpatrick Gardens on Lonsdale St in Hamilton, in front of hundreds of local residents, dignitaries and war veterans from near and far.
Mr Kenna’s family was also there to witness the unveiling, including sons Rob and Alan and daughter Marlene.
Addressing the gathering, State Veteran Affairs Minister and Lowan MP, Hugh Delahunty said Mr Kenna was an “all ‘round good bloke”.
“Ted demonstrated true Australian qualities: Sacrifice, loyalty and friendship,” Mr Delahunty said.
“He touched the lives of many people in Hamilton; he was a truly great man.”
Speaking on behalf of the family, Mr Kenna’s son, Rob said it was overwhelming for his father to be remembered in such a way and paid his own tribute to the war veteran.
See full story in The Spectator on Saturday, March 23, 2013