Sig­nif­i­cance loud and clear

An­zac mes­sages re­ver­ber­ate around dis­trict

Central and North Burnett Times - - ANZAC DAY -

DEEP re­spect was shown around the North Bur­nett on An­zac Day.

The harsh re­al­i­ties of war and its ef­fects on par­tic­i­pants, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties and grat­i­tude for the freedom Aus­tralian heroes won for us all were the themes of An­zac ser­vices in Eidsvold and Mun­dub­bera.

At the school ser­vice in Eidsvold Viet­nam vet­eran Steve Collins showed vi­sion of his time at war and spoke of his re­turn to a hos­tile Aus­tralian pub­lic many of whom dis­ap­proved of Aus­tralia’s in­volve­ment.

“When we ar­rived at Syd­ney Har­bour there­was no one to meet us and for many years we were treated like mon­grel dogs,” Mr Collins said.

At all ser­vices the ef­fects on fam­i­lies of los­ing a loved one or hav­ing one re­turn phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally scarred were spo­ken of and al­ways grat­i­tude was ex­pressed and rev­er­ence for lives lost and dam­aged.

In Mun­dub­bera, the large crowd fill­ing the com­mu­nity hall was bol­stered by the Blaze Aid vol­un­teers in their bright or­ange out­fits.

Guest speaker Pas­tor Les Peel spoke of the first cel­e­bra­tion of this spe­cial day in Aus­tralia and how its sig­nif­i­cance has in­creased rather than di­min­ished over time.

Large num­bers of stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in both the ser­vice as choir, band mem­bers or speak­ers and the march to the ceno­taph.

“An­zac Day plays an im­por­tant part in my life be­cause my dad Dar­ryl Jenk­in­son, who passed away in 2010, went to Viet­nam and cel­e­brated his 21st birth­day while serv­ing there,” 16-year-old Corey Jenk­in­son of Mun­dub­bera said.

“Dad made a doc­u­men­tary of his time inViet­nam and this is a DVD I will al­ways trea­sure.

“On An­zac Day I also think about my grand­dad Colin in WorldWarTwo and other ser­vice­men and women who risked their lives for us.”

In Gayn­dah it was a time to re­flect.

Cit­i­zens showed their deep re­spect for our fallen soldiers at the dawn ser­vice, pub­lic cer­e­mony and a com­mem­o­ra­tion meet­ing.

Lieu­tenant Ben Bon­nell, from the Se­condCom­bat En­gi­neer Reg­i­ment, spoke of the need to re­mem­ber the he- ro­ism of our soldiers.

“An­zac Day is not merely a date ... it is not to cel­e­brate or glo­rify war,” Lt Bon­nell said.

“The spirit of An­zac Day will live on be­cause it is a re­flec­tion of the heart of our na­tion.”

Gayn­dah’s Sap­per Ja­cob Mo­er­land served with the Sec­ond Com­bat En­gi­neer Reg­i­ment, and a cross bear­ing his name stood at the front of the War Me­mo­rial.

Sap­per Mo­er­land’s com­rades formed a Catafalque Party around the War Me­mo­rial as a sym­bolic form of re­spect.

The town of Monto was not gazetted un­til 1924 so no Great War vet­er­ans’ names are in­scribed on the me­mo­rial but they were re­mem­bered. The dawn ser­vice was held at the front of the RSL club.

Po­lice Se­nior Con­sta­ble Dave Ed­monds had served as a War­rant Of­fi­cer in the Aus­tralian Army and ad­dressed the crowd on the mean­ing of the day.

“There are some who think this day is glo­ri­fi­ca­tion of war but all war vet­er­ans will say peace is of ut­most im­por­tance, it is sim­ple things like lis­ten­ing to the birds chirp­ing,” Mr Ed­monds said.

Al­most in­stinc­tively a flock of lori­keets passed over the crowd singing their happy tune.

The cadet unit­was joined in the march by sur­viv­ing vet­er­ans and stu­dents of the dis­tricts’ schools.

Mem­bers of the 18th ACU Hinkler Army Cadets unit formed a catafalque party at the Biggenden State School's An­zac Day Ser­vice last Wed­nes­day.

In a mov­ing ser­vice at­tended by spe­cial guests and stu­dents from Coal­stoun Lakes and Dal­larnil State Schools, guest speaker was the army cadets com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Ma­jor MichaelWalker.

The fol­low­ing day, res­i­dents came out in force to pay their re­spects and re­mem­ber those who had­made­the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice in past wars.

Cr Lofty Wendt led the marchers from the QCWA Rooms to the crowded grounds of the Me­mo­rial Hall.

The An­zac Day mes­sage was given by Rev Peter Taub­ner of the Unit­ing Church.

In the mid­dle of the singing of the National An­them, a re­stored Spitfire flew over.

Photo: Erica Mur­ree

BIGGENDEN'S MARCH: Cr Lofty Wendt leads the An­zac Day march at Biggenden.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

RE­FLEC­TION: Some of the at­ten­dees at Monto's Dawn Ser­vice.

CATAFALQUE PARTY: Mem­bers from the Sec­ond Com­bat En­gi­neer Reg­i­ment stood at Gayn­dahWar Me­mo­rial.

STAND­ING TALL: St Therese's Catholic School marches in Monto.

ARMY DIS­PLAY: The Bush­mas­ter ve­hi­cle was pop­u­lar with the young peo­ple.

ON PA­RADE: A large num­ber of Mun­dub­bera State P-10 stu­dents marched on An­zac Day.

EARLY RIS­ERS: Eidsvold State School stu­dents led the town's An­zac Day march.

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