Monto res­i­dents re­mem­ber

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

FALLEN sol­diers were hon­oured on Re­mem­brance Day when about 50 peo­ple gath­ered at the Monto RSL to pay their re­spects.

More than 700 of the town’s res­i­dents served in­WorldWar Two.

RSL pres­i­dent John Lynn said it was en­cour­ag­ing to see the at­ten­dance, par­tic­u­larly from younger mem­bers of the community, but he was sad to note three of the branch’s mem­bers had died this year.

“It was a bet­ter than av­er­age turn out as it is aweek­end and I am par­tic­u­larly thank­ful for the cadets still be­ing ac­tive,” Mr Lynn said.

“And it was good see­ing school chil­dren.”

Cadet Monique Hall, 16, is one from the younger gen­er­a­tions with a strong aware­ness of the im­por­tance of Re­mem­brance Day.

“It is a day to re­mem­ber our fore­fa­thers and also to those who are cur­rently serv­ing,” she said.

The sac­ri­fice made by those who have died was also marked with a minute’s si­lence at other cen­tres around the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett, in­clud­ing Gayn­dah’s War Memo­rial Ceno­taph.

It was a som­bre af­fair with wreaths and pop­pies placed at the base of the Ceno­taph on Sun­day.

Gayn­dah RSL pres­i­dent Er­rol Shep­herd said the dec­o­ra­tions and medals were “noth­ing com­pared to the sac­ri­fices that so many have made”.

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