More than 300 people left Lilydale to fight for their country in World War I and 69 soldiers never returned.
Their sacrifice has been commemorated in a new memorial unveiled in the centre of Lilydale.
Black poles jut out of the ground, emblazoned with the faces and histories of the men connected to the region who died during WWI.
“It’s a pretty emotional day,” Ms Youl said.
Her family has strong connection with the military. Her grandfather serving in WWI alongside his brothers.
She hoped the memorial would reinforce the message that “no one can win in war, the loss is ongoing”, Ms Youl said.
The project would have cost about $90,000 if all of the volunteer hours were taken into account, Ms Youl said.
It was funded by four grants from the state and federal governments, and businesses.
Colonel Andrew Herbert officially opened the memorial on Sunday in front of residents and guests.
RSL Tasmanian Branch state president Terry Roe JP said the memorial was a credit to the Lilydale community.
People would not forget the sacrifices made for Australia as the memorial was highly visible in the community, Mr Roe said.
“It’s a reminder that normal people went to fight in the war and a lot never came back.”