PAYING RESPECTS: The annual White Hill Truck Drivers Memorial event is on in November.
PAYING RESPECTS: The annual White Hill Truck Drivers Memorial event is on in November. Contributed

Special day planned for drivers memorial

THE White Hill Truck Drivers Memorial S.A. Inc. is holding its fourth annual event on Saturday, November 5.

The White Hill Truck Drivers Memorial South Australia is situated on Adelaide Rd, Murray Bridge, and was founded in August 2009 by a truck driver by the name of Keith Wood who had lost mates here and in the Riverland.

Keith's dream became a reality when the memorial walls that he designed and built with the help of volunteers and donations was officially opened on Saturday, November 23, 2013.

There will be two convoys on the day, one leaves Wingfield and the other leaves Keith.

These convoys then meet at the truck bay known as White Hill to place on memorial banners of loved ones and mates, before continuing into Murray Bridge down past the memorial walls.

The memorial service takes place at this point, and the names are read out and placed on the walls.

The event has prayers, speeches, the raising of flags from half mast, with the blowing of the air horns from the trucks that are in behind the memorial walls on the side road.

The convoy then continues over to the race course where there is the Truck Show and Family Fun Day with a charity auction, fun for the kids with the Tiny Truckies' Trail, and food and trade stalls.

Entry is a gold coin donation with kids free.

This year there are another six names going on the walls, with the cut off date for the applications to be in by August 31, this will bring the total to 78.

The organisers are this year also placing Darren and Sharon Hourn's two young children that were killed in a truck accident while with their parents on Easter Monday, April 17, 1995.

Tamika was just two years and seven months old and Khaleb was just one year and five months old, when tragedy struck the family on that Easter Monday.

The two memorial walls will be dedicated to these two children by having their names placed on them.

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