Significance loud and clear
Anzac messages reverberate around district
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.
BIGGENDEN'S MARCH: Cr Lofty Wendt leads the Anzac Day march at Biggenden.
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.