List of fallen is part of mov­ing trib­ute

Central and North Burnett Times - - ANZAC DAY 2015 - Shirley Way

“ONE hun­dred years is not an eter­nity” for Gayn­dah RSL Sub Branch pres­i­dent Boyd Baker.

As Bur­nett State Col­lege stu­dents hon­oured Aus­tralian servicemen and women at their Fri­day An­zac ser­vice, Mr Baker said he had been alive for close to 70% of the cen­tury since Aus­tralian troops landed at Gal­lipoli.

“While we lost the battle at Gal­lipoli, we didn’t lose heart, we went on to win the war,” Mr Baker said.

“Each An­zac Day we read the whole list of all who have died. In WWI, there were 63 men from this com­mu­nity.”

To high­light the mag­ni­tude of that loss, he asked those on hand to re­call the “out­pour­ing of grief” at a packed town hall when Sap­per Ja­cob Mo­er­land, a for­mer Bur­nett

MARCH­ING ON: Bill David­son, 91, finds rea­son to smile while tak­ing part in the An­zac Day cen­te­nary pa­rade at Gayn­dah on Satur­day.

Boyd Baker There will be big­ger chal­lenges in the years ahead.

Col­lege stu­dent, died in Afghanistan in 2010.

Af­ter thank­ing mem­bers of the Sec­ond Com­bat En­gi­neers Reg­i­ment for their con­tin­ued sup­port of the Mo­er­land fam­ily and Gayn­dah com­mu­nity, Mr Baker said Australia still faced the chal­lenge of “mil­i­tants in our own com­mu­ni­ties”.

“Trag­i­cally there are too many young peo­ple re­cruited while still in school,” he said.

“There will be big­ger chal­lenges in the years ahead.

“Strive to be wor­thy cit­i­zens (and) main­tain the mem­ory.”


Gayn­dah RSL Sub Branch sec­re­tary Craig Fothergill at the Gooroolba An­zac Day ser­vice.

The Sec­ond Com­bat En­gi­neers Reg­i­ment leads the pa­rade at Gayn­dah on An­zac Day.

Gin Gin High School stu­dents pay their re­spects at Mt Perry's An­zac Day ser­vice.

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