MORE than a century after World War I, a new Avenue of Honour saluting those who served in the conflict is ready to be unveiled.
Two lines of 17 oak trees make up the avenue that will be opened on Monday, Remembrance Day.
The tribute is on land near the Murray Valley Highway at Browns Plains, between Wodonga and Rutherglen.
An avenue of trees had been planted in July, 1920, on nearby Doolans Road, which was once part of the highway before the route was deviated away from the dogleg to improve safety.
However, over the decades that Avenue of Honour fell into disrepair with many of the swamp gums dying.
In 2014, locals began a push to restore the memorial but after an arborist found several trees in the avenue diseased in 2018 it was decided to start afresh.
And on Monday, Mick Morris, of the renowned winemaking family, will officially unveil a plaque of dedication and a granite replica of the Great War honour roll for Browns Plains.
Names on it will include those of his father Charles and uncle Gerald.
"It's nice to see the men honoured again," Mr Morris, 91, said.
"They did have the avenue of trees planted in 1920 but they finished up dying, there's still some originals but out of 28 or 29 planted, there would only be five left."
Mr Morris' grandmother Louisa planted the first tree in 1920 and his grandfather Charles was on Rutherglen Shire at the time.
The land bearing the memorial has been passed from the Leseberg family to Indigo Council with former owner Dennis Leseberg, who lives in the Warby Ranges, describing it as a worthwhile project.
His great uncle Gunner John Allan Leseberg was killed in action in March 1918 and is one of two from Browns Plains that are posthumously recognised on the granite plaque.
Rutherglen RSL secretary David Martin said his sub-branch assisted the community and council with the work.
"We're going to pay for the plaque and the community has done what they can, they have put the boulder in place and Baxters Concrete have donated a bit of hardstanding," Mr Martin said.
"The shire has done the trees, the culvert and put the fence in and obtained the land."
Poignantly the Avenue of Honour faces directly towards the land where the Browns Plains State School stood at the time of World War I.
The school, attended by many of the locals who journeyed to the front, closed in 1949 with just six pupils.
The building was moved to Howlong to became an Anglican church hall.
Proceedings on Monday will run from 5.30pm with the member for Indi Helen Haines and Indigo Shire mayor Bernard Gaffney on the invitation list.