Local residents and visitors are invited to gather in Nerimbera on Sunday 1 July to celebrate and remember the strong bonds of friendship forged between our region and US Forces during WWII.
The annual event is held at the picturesque location of St Christopher’s Chapel, built by the visiting US Army in 1943, which is the only structure of its kind still standing in Australia and was designated as a World Heritage site in 1992.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said Council is proud to have the Chapel located within the Shire, as the unique, rich historical story behind the construction of the Chapel makes it a significant landmark.
“When stationed within the area in WWII, the US Army (542 Engineers, Ship and Shore Battalion) began construction on what is now known as St Christopher’s Chapel which provided recuperating soldiers with a place of solace, reflection and worship,” Cr Ludwig said.
“This service gives the community the opportunity to reflect on the history of the chapel and those who were stationed there during WWII, and those soldiers who supported our country.
Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton said with military exercises like Talisman Sabre (training of US and Australian forces) still taking place biannually in our region, our Independence Day celebrations really highlight the importance of continuing the unity between the two forces.
“The ceremony commences at 2pm and I encourage people of all ages to join us this Sunday and help celebrate a significant part of both the Shire and Rockhampton’s history,” Cr Hutton said.
Livingstone Shire Council has accepted the trusteeship of the Chapel and strives to ensure maintenance and preservation for future generations, as it is an important and iconic part of Livingstone’s history.