After 13 years watching over the HMAS Sydney II Memorial, the site’s inaugural warden Don Rolston will be saying farewell later this month. Since 2009, Mr Rolston has overseen the daily care and management of the memorial and helped carry out the many ceremonies held there over the years. Mr Rolston said he would treasure the time he spent tending to one of Geraldton’s most well-known landmarks. “The role of the warden includes being an ambassador and a source of contact from across Australia and overseas — a responsibility I was proud to accept and farewell with a heavy heart,” he said. “I am confident the site will continue to make our community and nation proud, as it is regarded as unique by all standards by which memorials are recognised.” Mr Rolston is handing over the position to current deputy warden Peter Jones, who said it was an honour to take on the role. “I am proud to have served my country and my city,” he said. “This is my opportunity to give my support and my thanks back to Greater Geraldton. “I am very proud to have served alongside Don.” City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said Mr Rolston deserved a great deal of praise from the community. “I would like to personally thank Don for his contributions to the HMAS Sydney II Memorial and community over the years,” he said. “He has been a dedicated warden who has done much for the site.” Mr Jones will be officially appointed as warden at a commemorative sunset service on Saturday, November 19.