Vacant Chair remembers the fallen
A SOLEMN service to honour the blood and sacrifice of Australia’s fallen soldiers was held at Gayndah’s Masonic Lodge on Tuesday night.
The Vacant Chair ceremony was a special tribute to mark the centenary of the Anzacs landing at Gallipoli, and all Australians who have died in a theatre of war.
The “vacant chair” represented the empty chairs left in homes throughout the country when our servicemen and women do not return.
The ceremony originated
TRIBUTE: Wreaths are laid at the Gayndah Masonic Lodge's Vacant Chair ceremony. during the American Civil War and has been used since with the permission of American lodges.
Guest speakerWO Class 2 David Roach said no family had been left untouched by war. In remembering the Anzacs of the FirstWorld War, he said “they were there for adventure and no one ever really knew what their fate would be”.
His own experience of returning to Vietnam several times after that war had been “very meaningful to us as Australians”.
The service concluded with community representatives from the Lions, Scouts, Girl Guides, Mundubbera-Burnett Masonic Lodge, Inner Wheel, Rotary and the RSL laying wreaths.
SYMBOLIC LINK: Bailey Roth left yesterday for Turkey with some siltstone.