AN IPSWICH honour stone commemorating servicemen from the First World War was destroyed in a car crash early yesterday morning.
The Woodend Honour Stone, built 93 years ago with funds raised by the surrounding community, was decimated after a driver in his 20s ploughed through the sandstone monument.
The crash has left the community seething but ready to pick up the pieces in time for next Anzac Day.
Police were called to Macgregor St at 2.30am after the honour stone was struck.
The driver fled the scene but was caught shortly later by a police dog.
He was taken to Ipswich Hospital and is assisting police with their inquiries.
Jim Madden, convener of the Woodend Anzac Day service, has had a family connection with the honour stone since it was built in 1919.
He said the Anzac Day service, which attracts more than 1000 people each year, would be held at the site next year with or without the honour stone.
"Come what may we will be holding a service. We'll do our best to have the stone rebuilt before then. Sometimes life throws these things at you," he said.
"It's obviously a very sad event, but it won't affect our resolve to have an Anzac Day service."
The stone carries the names of 71 men who lived in the Woodend, Coal Falls and Brassall areas.
Ten of the men named on the stone died in the First World War.
Most of the men returned from the First World War to work in the North Ipswich rail yards, he said.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and Councillor Andrew Antoniolli vowed to restore the monument.
Cr Pisasale said it was disappointing to see the monument destroyed the day the after the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.
"As a council we are going to do everything we can to get this restored," he said.
"It's lucky in a sense that no one has been killed."
Cr Antoniolli said seeing the honour stone in pieces was devastating.
"There is quite a bit of work to be done and one thing we are going to have to consider is if there is a way we can protect the memorial from this sort of incident again," he said.