List of fallen is part of moving tribute
“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.