Va­cant Chair re­mem­bers the fallen

Central and North Burnett Times - - ANZAC CENTENARY -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SYM­BOLIC LINK: Bai­ley Roth left yes­ter­day for Turkey with some silt­stone.

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