A CHAPEL to honour the 2/23rd (Albury’s Own) Infantry Battalion will be officially opened at St Matthew’s Church, Albury, on Sunday, September 1.
NSW Governor Professor Marie Bashir and former defence minister Brendan Nelson will attend a special morning service.
Dr Nelson, who is also a former federal leader of the Liberal Party, is now director of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
A handful of surviving battalion members who fought in World War II are expected to attend the ceremony.
The battalion held its final formal Albury reunion in 2010, 70 years after it was raised at the former showgrounds.
St Matthew’s has a special place in the battalion’s history because its colours were laid up in the church after hundreds of officers and men returned after the war.
The irreplaceable green banner, listing battles in which the battalion fought, was lost in the fire that devastated the church in September 1991.
After the church was rebuilt, a memorial window commemorating the battalion and its links to Albury was installed in the south transept plaques recalling the links to the city and the battalion’s role in defending Tobruk were also erected.
The weekend will include lunch at the Commercial Club, attended by Dr Nelson on the Saturday.